A budget of Sh336 million to cater for all expenses pertaining to the Kenyan contingent at the all African Games has been approved by the Sports Fund Oversight Board.
The amount will cater for athletes local allowances, residential training, air tickets, overseas allowances and accommodation among other expenses.
in a press release by Sports CS Amina Mohammed,the participating teams have been selected by their respective Federations through approved national and international processes and are already in residential training camp.
A total of 234 Athletes representing 22 disciplines have been approved to participate in the competitions. 17 of these disciplines will serve as Tokyo, 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
“Travel preparations are now complete and the first batch of athletes left for Morocco yesterday and will commence competitions on 16th August, 2019,the second batch will leave on 15th August while the third batch will depart on 17th August, 2019 with the final group going on 23rd August, 2019,” noted the CS
It was resolved by the Steering Committee that the teams would be accommodated in Government-owned facilities near the Moi International Sports Centre (Kasarani) which is the training venue. Stadion Hotel, Kasarani, Utalii Hotel, Kenya School of Monetary Studies and Kenyatta University Athletes Village are the approved facilities.
This directive was issued to primarily guarantee the safety, security and comfort of the athletes as well as reinforce compliance with public procurement processes.
“The capacity of these facilities is sufficient to fully accommodate all the teams and accompanying officials.It is unfortunate that some athletes were, without consultation, booked at a hotel outside the designated facilities,” noted the CS
The Ministry has however arrested the situation and ensured that the affected teams were accommodated and will gradually be transferred to join the rest who are already in approved facilities.
The Ministry is working on a series of initiatives to reorganize the entire outlay of sports management, including financing to foster growth and progression of sports and sporting facilities in Kenya according to CS Amina
The measures are being undertaken in collaboration with other Government Agencies and partners with a view to strengthening the sports governance mechanisms
“I have been assured that all teams participating in the Games are ready for the championships and wish to confirm that they are fully facilitated and will be treated with utmost primacy during this and future events,” noted the CS