Nyayo, Kinoru, Kipchoge Keino stadia to be ready for after pandemic
Friday, May 8th, 2020
Local sports lovers will be in high spirits after the latest announcement that the iconic Nyayo National Stadium will be re- opened for use immediately the country returns to normalcy after the Covid-19 pandemic is contained.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo made the announcement yesterday as he spoke to People Sport at the facility that has been closed for four years, while undergoing renovations to meet word governing body Fifa standards.
Okudo also said that Kinoru Stadium in Meru, Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret and Kasarani Stadium will also be ready anytime from now, to allow activities on the facilities when the current pandemic ends.
According to Okudo, the renovation in the four facities had cost the ministry roughly Sh 1 billion.
Kasarani was closed two months ago, to undergo slight renovations in preparation for the World Under 20 Athletics championships that was later cancelled due to the coronavirus.
“Kipchoge Keino stadium is a bit lagging behind because it is being done from scratch, but the contractor is working round the clock to have it ready by the time we are going back to normalcy,” Okudo told People Sport.
He added: “ This should be good news to Athletics Kenya and the National Olympic Committee of Kenya who had planned to hold the Tokyo Olympics trials at the facility, because now that the games have been pushed to 2021, the facility will now be available for the trials.”
For Nyayo stadium, Okudo said that after completing the football pitch, the contractor will work on the roof of the basketball court and install new lights, screens and close circuit televisions (CCTV).
They are also going to work on the changing rooms, fit them with lockers and other amenities.
Kinoru Stadium that hosted the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in March, is undergoing final touches according to Okudo.