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Sports Ministry issues revised COVID-19 protocols ahead of sports resumption

The Ministry of Sports has released revised coronavirus containment protocols as the Football Kenya Federation Premier League resumes today.

In an announcement on Thursday, the Ministry of Sports said that they had placed more emphasis on athlete safety and containment measures and vaccination and travel guidelines. The new guidelines were for all sports, coming hours before FKF resumes the league.

Testing remains mandatory

“The revised model has placed more emphasis on athlete safety, containment measures, travel guidelines, and vaccination to ensure our athlete’s health remains a priority,” the Ministry said in a statement on Thursday evening.

The Ministry said that COVID-19 tests would be mandatory, with the sports federation, organisations, participants, and organisers covering the cost.

The Sports Ministry also said that they would continue prioritizing the vaccination of sportspeople.

“The Ministry will continue sportsperson vaccination programme on a priority basis in conjunction with the Health Ministry. Federations entering teams for international events will need to seek clearance from the Sports Cabinet Secretary and the designated medical personnel.”

However, the Ministry confirmed that all under 18 sports would remain suspended. However, they would give special considerations to the under 18 national teams preparing for select international events.

Convenient as FKF returns

The release of the revised protocols came at a convenient time as the Football Kenya Federation Premier League is scheduled to restart today.

There will only be one game today, with Kariobangi Sharks hosting last season’s runners-up, Kakamega Homeboyz, in Nairobi. However, the league will resume officially on Saturday, as more rounds of fixtures are set to take place then.

Kariobangi Sharks vs. Kakamega Homeboyz will take place on Utalii Grounds at 3.00 PM.

However, it is still unclear whether the matches scheduled to take place at Moi Sports Complex, Kasarani and Nyayo Stadium will take place. The federation is yet to get permission from the government to use the facilities. However, the federation will have to find alternatives, such as Ruaka, Jamhuri, and Hope Centre.

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