The new Kericho Green Stadium track was opened on Monday by Kenya Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan.
While the aim of the Kenya sports ministry is to construct a number of new sports stadia by the end of the year, only three will be ready by that time. Hassan said the Kipchoge, Marsabit, Meru and Wote stadia will meet the deadline.
Hassan told nation.co.ke: “It is important for other counties to benchmark on Kericho Green Stadium where a tartan has been laid at a cost of Sh35 million [342 627 US dollars]. It did not cost an arm and a leg to implement the project as would have been the case in other regions where taxpayers money has been squandered.
“This is a classic example of where we want to take sports in this country. Counties should stop giving peripheral roles and funding to sports department which has been devolved. Kericho County has demonstrated that taxpayers cash can be put to good use so the youths’ talent can be nurtured.”
Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said: “We need to develop this facility and use it for regional, national and international competitions in the new future.”
“The fact that the Kericho County hosted the Kicosca Games last year is a clear indication of the South Rift commitment’s to claim its rightful place in athletics in Kenya.
“It is a matter of fact that the South Rift has so many athletes that have made Kenya proud in international competitions with their winning streaks but have not been associated with this region.
“We hope that the Covid-19 will be contained very soon so that sports can resume in full throttle in the country.”
In partnership with ANA and Sports Leo