Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has restated the government’s commitment to upgrading sporting facilities in the country to match international standards. Speaking when he opened the refurbished Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenyatta said the redevelopment of the stadium is not an isolated case.
Kenyatta said Kenya’s sports persons will add new pages to the country’s long and celebrated history as a sporting powerhouse. The Kenyan head of state expressed satisfaction that in just over a week Nyayo National Stadium will host the Kip Keino Classic – the first ever World Athletics Continental Tour event to be held on the African continent.
The event named after our great hero and trailblazing Olympic champion, Kipchoge Keino, will bring together elite athletes from all over the world to compete in various track and field events on Saturday, October 3rd 2020.
He said being entrusted to host this global event is evidence of the confidence that the world has in Kenya and the country’s levels of COVID-19 containment as it will be the first global sporting event to be held on the African continent since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenyatta pointed out that the Kip Keino Classic and other sporting events that will be held as the country gradually and progressively re-opens will be conducted with strict adherence to all applicable COVID-19 protocols, guidelines and regulations. Kenyatta challenged the Ministry of Sports to redouble its efforts in re-convening major sporting events that were postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Kenyan head of state also took the opportunity to wish Kenyan athletes success as they head out to the London Marathon scheduled for 4th October, 2020 urging them to safeguard the country’s reputation as a sporting powerhouse by competing clean and winning fairly.
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