Kasarani stadium was lit on Monday evening during the official opening of the inaugural Africa Deaflympics Ball Games.
With sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed officially opening the games, it was pomp and colour at the venue as 11 nations will be battling out for Deaflympics slots set for Brazil next year.
All the 11 flags flew out in the capital at the opening ceremony led by the hosts Kenya, Somaliland, Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, Egypt, Libya, Zanzibar, Nigeria, Mali and Ghana.
It was a celebration of Kenya’s art work in the fanfare and celebration despite lack of fans on the stadium due to the coronavirus.
The CS Amina that she acknowledges the presence of participating countries at the Games which is a reflection of support and passion towards the Deaf Games.
“I wish to also thank your governments for continuing to support this initiative in Africa to allow deaf people achieve their potential in elite sport,” Amb. Amina remarked.
Gordon Oluoch, Chairman of the LOC, extended gratitude to the respective governments of the participating teams for making it possible for the teams to travel to Kenya for the inaugural Games.
“As members of the LOC, with the support of the Ministry of Sports and the Government of Kenya, we have worked together tirelessly to ensure the success of the Games. I am convinced that this momentous occasion in Nairobi will form a strong bond among the deaf fraternity in the continent that will last for many years to come.”