Vaccinations offer hope swift return of sports, says CS Amina
Published on: April 15, 2021 10:56 (EAT)
The return of sporting activities in the country might come sooner than expected after the Government started administering COVID-19 vaccinations for sportspersons in the country. Sports CS Amina Mohammed said there is hope for a speedy resumption with a majority of players having already received the first shots of the vaccine. “There is always hope depending on the numbers, the trends that we see with the pandemic and how the virus will behave in our country. I think you have heard my colleagues from the ministry of health talking about the surge, the numbers seem to be stabilizing but they are still too high. “So we will be looking to them for leadership and guidance for when they think it’s safe to actually start gradually opening up the sporting space,” Amina said. All athletes going to the Olympics in Japan have received the first vaccination with their second jab expected a few weeks before heading to Tokyo for the Games expected to be held from 23rd July to 8th August 2021. The vaccination for other sports men and women in the country is ongoing, an exercise that is the only hope for the return of sports. The countdown to the Olympic Games has begun with 99 days remaining and the national Olympic committee of Kenya has set a target of sending more than ninety athletes to Japan in addition to other players of different disciplines including rugby and volleyball who have already qualified for the games that were postponed last year. The country hopes to take a team of 100 athletes to the rescheduled Summer Games.