The government of kenya through the ministry of Sports has suspended all international sporting events home and abroad until further notice.
Speaking via a press release sent to media houses late Tuesday evening, principal secretary Joe Okudo emphasized that health comes first for Kenyan citizens.
“following the global outbreak of the COVID -19 virus, the government has put in place measures to deal with the situation and safeguard the public and country at large” read part of the memo.
This comes after kenya just recently announced that it will host the opening leg of the 2020 world athletics tour in July at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. This event also means that Nairobi will become the first African city to host the lucrative global event.
” in this regard,the ministry wishes to inform you that there will be no travels for international events until further notice and notably for the next one month. Additionally, note that the earlier communication by the cabinet secretary for health on local events of international nature applies,” continued the release which has now cast a dark shadow on kenyan sports women and men who were economic hopefuls of international events.
The 2020 World Athletics Tour is in its pilot year and has also been scheduled to happen in Asia, Europe and North America.
Corona virus has been Confirmed in Asia and Europe leading to a stand still between sporting events and it’s participants.
Some European countries recently banned fans from attending sporting events as they were played in empty stadiums. On Monday, the Italian government suspended all sporting events UNTILL further notice after ‘derby d’italia’ the biggest derby in Italian football history between juventus and inter Milan was played behind closed doors.
In most African countries, it’s easier said than done. Now all eyes are on the Kenyan government to see whether it means it’s words and will surely put the health of its citizens first