Government finally delivers on its promise as it allocates money to upgrade more stadia

Rotich revealed that government has allocated Sh200 million for construction of Sports Academy and Sh550 million for completion of the Ultra-Modern National Library.

In his budget to Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Henry Rotich said the academy that is under construction at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani will help youth realize their potential through sports with the initiative seeing the government identify and nature talent from the counties.

Rotich revealed that government has allocated Sh200 million for construction of Sports Academy and Sh550 million for completion of the Ultra-Modern National Library.

In the 2015/2016 the government had allocated US$ 18.5m for the construction of three major Stadiums in Nairobi, Eldoret and Mombasa installed with latest technology.

But defending the government’s promise the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Henry Rotich revealed that instead the government will upgrade six regional stadia.

The five Ultra-Modern stadia that will be upgraded are Kamarin (Elgeyo-Marakwet), Chuka (Tharaka-Nithi), Karatu (Kiambu), Ndaragu (Nyeri), Marsabit and Wote (Makueni).

“In order to constructively engage the youth, the government will focus on creating opportunities for the youth and help them to discover their potential through Sports, Culture and Arts, in this respect there will be having sporting activities at the counties to identify and nature talent,” The Cabinet Secretary said.

But according to Sports Commissioner Gordon Olouch , the Sh200 millionn is not enough to complete the state of the art academy.

Rotich also said that the government has over the last four years trained and natured more than 73,700 talented youth in various sports disciplines, sensitized 694 persons and tested 231 athletes on Anti-Doping.

In matters fighting doping, the government affirmed that it will comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency to make sure Kenya meets the world governing body standards to enable its athletes compete clean.

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