- Advertisement -
Home Sports Tough year for school games

Tough year for school games

- Advertisement -

Kenya was set to make her debut at the World School Games scheduled for October 17 to 24 this year in Jinjiang, China but will have to wait longer as the Covid-19 outbreak halted the games.

In an International Schools Federation (ISF) General Assembly held in Serbia in March, Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) was allocated two slots, a boys’ basketball team and five participants in athletics, at the games that were to have students compete in more than 22 disciplines.

With the games restricted to participants under the age of 18, the pandemic is likely to have robbed a generation of high school athletes a chance to feature in a global competition.

Before the term one school games were suspended, KSSSA was meant to make a decision on whether to field the 2019 winners at the world games or to go for those that would have been crowned champions in term one games.

“ A decision on whether the 2020 World games will be held in 2021 or skipped all together and have member associations prepare for the next edition which was supposed to be held in 2022 is yet to be made.

With the age cap being 18, there are some of our students who would have featured this year who will not be eligible to play next year.

However, that is a conversation that the ISF is yet to have,” said KSSSA secretary general David Ngugi who was, in March, elected in the ISF executive committee.

Kenya has not taken part in the biennial championship since its inception in 1974 owing to lack of sponsorship.

However, for the 2020 edition, China had pledged to cater for accommodation and 80 percent of all travel costs for African teams this handing Kenyan teams a lifeline to feature for the first time.

While this year’s calendar has been largely affected by the closure of schools, there is still uncertainty as far is the next calendar is concerned.

“When schools open in January, KSSSA will hold consultative meetings with the ministries of health and education to chart a way forward for our games. As at now, no decisions have been made,” added Ngugi.

This year’s edition of KSSSA term one games, which include basketball, handball, hockey, rugby 7’s and 15’s, racquet games, swimming as well as athletics were put on hold on March 13 when Kenya recorded her first Covid-19 positive case.

At the time, action was still at the county level with an exception of Nairobi region where teams had began hunting for slots to the national games.

This year’s national and East Africa games were tentatively scheduled to take place at the Mpesa Academy and Western region respectively.

Kenya was hoping to use home advantage to wrestle the overall title from Uganda who had snatched it at the 2019 East Africa School games held in Arusha, Tanzania.

In summary

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

16,985FansLike
2,458FollowersFollow
61,453SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

French board approves CVC’s multi-million Six Nations deal

PARIS, France, Jan 16 – The French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Saturday that its board had approved a private equity firm’s investment in...
- Advertisement -

Uganda: Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner

Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected, electoral officials say, amid accusations of vote rigging by his main rival Bobi Wine. Mr Museveni won...

West Brom sink Wolves to seal Allardyce’s first win

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 16 – West Bromwich Albion won for the first time under new boss Sam Allardyce as Matheus Pereira’s penalty double...

Time to open consul in Hargeisa, says ex US Diplomat

Fresh pressure is being mounted on the United States to start the process aimed at recognizing Somaliland with its former Ambassador to Somalia Stephen...

Related News

French board approves CVC’s multi-million Six Nations deal

PARIS, France, Jan 16 – The French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Saturday that its board had approved a private equity firm’s investment in...

Uganda: Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner

Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected, electoral officials say, amid accusations of vote rigging by his main rival Bobi Wine. Mr Museveni won...

West Brom sink Wolves to seal Allardyce’s first win

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 16 – West Bromwich Albion won for the first time under new boss Sam Allardyce as Matheus Pereira’s penalty double...

Time to open consul in Hargeisa, says ex US Diplomat

Fresh pressure is being mounted on the United States to start the process aimed at recognizing Somaliland with its former Ambassador to Somalia Stephen...

Key battles in Liverpool’s Man Utd showdown

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 16 – When Liverpool and Manchester United clash at Anfield on Sunday, there will be more at stake than just...
- Advertisement -
%d bloggers like this: