It is from the frying pan into the fire for sportsmen and women in Kenya as the State Department for Sports (SDS) has abruptly stopped funding all sporting federations citing budget constraints.
According to an internal memo from the Sports Ministry Principal Secretary Joe Okudo dated 10th June 2022, it is noted that; “the state department which has been facilitating various sports federations through SASDF for international events is not in a position to do so,” letter from the department of sports to all sports federations said on Tuesday.
The letter further revealed that the sports docket has exhausted its funding allocation from the facilitator.
“This is because the sports department has exhausted its funding allocation from SASDF for this financial year.
In regards to the revelation, all sports federations in the country have been advised to seek sponsorship for international events from other organizations as financial constraints continue to hamper sports activities in the country.
“This is therefore to inform all federations expecting funding that it will not be possible to be funded due to budgetary constraints. At the moment they are requested to seek sponsorship from other organizations.” The memo further read.
Meanwhile, it is now clear why the government was coy and completely failed to produce KES46 million required by the Kenya Women’s Volleyball team for the side’s preparations in Brazil and Serbia ahead of the World Championships slated for September and October 2022.
With the government totally failing to chip in, the national team had to thank a local gaming company that came on board in the eleventh hour, bailing out the team with KES10 million sponsorship package for the planned preparations ahead of the World Championships.
Malkia Strikers were risking a suspension from the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should they have failed to participate in the competition scheduled later in the year in Poland and the Netherlands.
The 10-million-shilling sponsorship agreed on Friday with a gaming firm will run over the next one year and immediately helped Malkia Strikers unlock their travel stalemate.
Malkia Strikers departed the country on Sunday for a two-month High Performance Training camp in Brazil before heading to Serbia where they will play a series of matches over two weeks.
Apparently, same scenario awaits team Kenya which is in a bubble camp preparing for the beckoning 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in England.
Elsewhere, Kenya is currently serving a FIFA ban on the grounds of the government interference in the Football Kenya Federation internal affairs, meaning the country and its clubs cannot participate in FIFA affiliated competitions until the disbanded FKF office is reinstated.
The latest development tells how sporting activities in the country are suffocating under the watch of the government.
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