Government inject millions in Kenya Open Golf championships

Kenyan government has injected millions into the 51st edition of Kenya Open golf championships set for March 14th to 17th on par 72 Karen Golf and Country Club.

During the launch of the tournament today at Karen club, Tourism and Wild Life cabinet secretary Najib Balala said the tournament should be called ‘Magical Kenya Open golf Championships after the government had injected 253 million in preparations for the tournament.

This follows the directive President Uhuru Kenyatta in last year’s pledge to double the tournament’s sponsorship so as to improve its status.

As the government becomes the title sponsor, Barclays Bank of Kenya, which has been the the main sponsor will be a subsidiary as Kenya Breweries Limited and Hemingways Hotel were unveiled as some of the confirmed sponsors as conclusion on other sponsorships come to a close.

KOGL Chairman, Peter Kanyago, thanked the sponsors for their renewed support of the Kenya Open Golf Championship, noting that the change in sponsor categories was necessitated by the improved status of the tournament.

The event will now be about the magical Kenyans who have made it possible to have this competition elevated from a Challenge Tour to Main Tour,” Balala said on Monday. “It shows that Kenyans are more resilient and our objective now is to have Kenyans seen worldwide.”

Balala, accompanied by Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia and his Tourism counterpart Joe Okudo, said that success for local sports will come through sponsorships.

“We decided to sponsor golf because of its popularity worldwide. We appreciate the local sports fraternity for the support,” said Balala, adding that last year, Kenya received two million tourists. Kenya targets 2.5 million tourists by 2022.

Commenting on Barclays Bank’s commitment to this year’s Kenya Open, Barclays Bank of Kenya Chief Finance Officer, Yusuf Omari, said:

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