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Lack of facilities crippling youth sports

NAIROBI, August 1 – The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association on Friday cited limited sporting facilities in the country’s learning institutions as among the factors that have greatly hindered the development of sports in the country.

The association’s patron Enos Oyaya said many promising young have often failed to have their talents nurtured since most primary and secondary schools lacked suitable equipment.

He gave an example of high jump, where participants only get to use professional equipment during the national games.

“Only Moi University has the right equipment for high jump,” he complained.

He said if other institutions of higher learning upgraded their facilities, more budding athletes would diversify from track events to other disciplines.

“The challenge we have with short and field events is that they are very technical and they require very elaborate gymnasiums almost in every district. But where we can better achieve this is in the universities, as is the cases in developed countries; facilities are available in the universities where people can go and train in special areas. That is a way we can go,” he said.

Oyaya, who is also the Director of Quality Assurance and Standards in the Ministry of Education, said that the government through Vision 2030 intends to establish sports academies in every province.

“We are on the right path since the government said they will construct a national sports academy, which will be supported by mini-academies which help nurture these talents,” said the games patron.

He was speaking after receiving a Sh4.5 million sponsorship from Brookside Dairy for this year’s KSSSA Term Two Secondary Schools ball games that will be held in Machakos from August 12.

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Brookside Dairy Marketing Manager, Peter Wasonga said the sponsorship is aimed at improving this years Term Two ball games and enable the youth discover their talent.

Wasonga said the company believes in sponsoring an education program aimed at promoting youth skills through sports.

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