Kakamega county in Kenya will still host the shelved East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) Games.
The annual schools sports had been arranged to be hosted in Kakamega his year, has been postponed due to coronavirus to until August 14th to 24th 2021.
Today, the federation in a Zoom meeting between International Schools Sport Federation (ISF) president Laurent Petrynka and FEASSSA led by the secretary general David Ngugi decided to push the event to next year.
At the same time ISF announced the postponement of the 2020 World School Games to October next year. The biggest world inter-school championship was primed for October 17-24 in Jinjiang, China and Kenyan schools were due to participate for the first time in history.
Ngugi, who doubles up as the secretary general for the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA), revealed to Citizen Digital that they all agreed it would be practically hard to hold the East Africa Games this year because the qualification process has already been disrupted owing to the closure of schools in the region.
“We’ve made a decision to postpone the championship until next year because of the health challenge the world is facing. Kenya remains the host of the postponed games and it will be bigger next year because the ISF president has promised us he will attend. Also, the president has said that ISF has rescheduled the World Games to next October ” Ngugi told.
Hopes of staging the games if the schools reopen in September as proposed by the national Covid-19 education response team, however seem not achievable after the Ministry of Education last month ordered all the unspent co-curricular funds to be reimbursed back to the ministry