The Government has reiterated its commitment to continue supporting the activities of the national men’s basketball team ahead of FIBA AfroBasket Championships, to be hosted by Rwanda, in August this year.
Speaking during the luncheon to celebrate Kenya Morans, after their historic win in a dedicated journey that has seen them return to the competition for the first time in 28 years, Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr Amina Mohamed, said her ministry will follow a leadership model which puts the athlete at the center of all the decisions made by her docket.
“Yours has been a story of exceptional triumph and outstanding growth, the team and players’ needs are of the utmost priority to our operations. We want to keep you motivated and to reward you for honoring the flag of our beautiful country.
The Ministry will fully facilitate the team’s pre-competition camp ahead of the FIBA AfroBasket Championships in Kigali and cover the cost of participation. We will ensure that all the training needs of the Team and competition prerequisites are addressed in a timely manner” she commented.
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Kenya Morans jetted back into the county from Yaoundé, Cameroon safely in the early hours of Wednesday to a triumphant welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Morans, coached by Australian Elizabeth Mills, made history by qualifying for the 2023 World Cup qualifiers for the first time, besides booking their ticket to the AfroBasket finals after a 28-year wait.
“I’m proud to be a woman doing this and I’m glad the federation believed in me to do it. I knew Angola was going to be a tough team considering my experience with them in Zone 6, but the team came out strongly enough to take down the giants,” said coach Mills.
Their historic 74-73 win over African giants Angola on Saturday, where Tylor Ongwae made a jump shot with three seconds to the buzzer, was certainly the highlight of the second and final round of qualifiers.
The CS further lauded the move by the government towards establishment of the National Sports Fund through the enactment of the Sports Act 2013, with the intention of raising funds to facilitate growth and development of the sports industry in the country.
In addition, the funds will be used to train the necessary sports personnel and support the cash award scheme for the purpose of enhancing competitiveness among the country’s sports men and women.
“Most importantly let’s appreciate our H.E Uhuru Kenyatta for his foresight establishing the Sports Arts and Social Development Fund that has enabled us to Fund all national teams participating in international events in a timely manner” she added
Last year the Treasury proposed an allocation of Sh14 billion to Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund.
The move was meant to facilitate the smooth organization of packed calendar for Kenya, as it prepares to host World Rally Championship and IAAF World U20 Championship, set for June 24 to June 27 2021 and August 17 to 22 2021 respectively.
The ministry is also faced with the herculean task of building and renovating more than nine stadiums the ruling administration pledged in their 2013 pre-election campaigns. Also on card is the Kenya Sports Academy at Kasarani.
Already, the Sh50 million had been allocated from the Sports Fund to cushion athletes from the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
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