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Strict Sports Act, fear for officials

By Correspondent

Sports stakeholders at the ongoing seminar in Eldoret, organized by Sports Kenya registrar Rose wasike, raised an alarm over the restrictions of the Sports Kenya rules and regulations affecting their working system.

Led by Athletics Kenya North Rift region Michael Rotich, they said the laid down rules are pushing away volunteers and some coaches who are helping young people to prosper in their careers.
“Majority of these coaches and officials volunteer themselves to bring talents to the limelight but these rules and regulations in the Sports Act are demining their working system since all of them have to be registered before carrying out their duties. This will make them run away from the system which is bad for sports men especially athletes in the rural areas,” lamented Rotich.
He added that life of many athletes or upcoming sports people’s’ career may die naturally since there are few trained and registered coaches in the country.
But Sports Kenya director Gordon Oluoch challenged them saying all clubs and teams should be registered to avoid masqueraders and the Act does not stop volunteers, coaches, trainers or any other person doing something good to raise the sports above par.
He said all will be well since the Act is to bring sanity in the sporting world and raise its bar to compete with other sports organizations in the world.
“Sports Act brought policy in the sports since time immemorial, we never had one, which is a good start in this particular time and future,” Oluoch said.
He added: “The strict rules and regulations can be changed as long as they are not serving the intended results but above all, they bring harmony.”
Oluoch also raised an alarm over counties should work hand in hand to develop sporting activities in the country and warned that sports won’t be devolved.
He said it will be good for national government and County governments to work concurrently to foster sports which has been underestimated by other disciplines in the country but through Sports Act, there is harmonization.
“Sports Kenya 2013 is a state corporation run and financed by the government. In the past years, we did not have policies in the sporting arena but the coming of Sports Act, it has created an opportunity for sports discipline,” said Oluoch.
He also advised county governments to support disabled sports individuals who think they have been neglected in the country by the government.
“As county governments, they have to consider supporting disabled people to the better sports in the country. As the national government, we do not discriminate any person that is why we have had all people competing in the whole world starting from Paralympics, deaflympics, special Olympics among others. At the same time, the government has given disabled individuals to enjoy free training in all public sports facilities in the country.

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