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Sports Fans Back In Stadiums- Govt Announces


The directive to allow fans to see their favourite sportsmen and women live in action comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the nationwide curfew on Wednesday, October 20.

The government has shone the light at the end of the tunnel for sports lovers in Kenya after it announced that a limited number of spectators can grace sports stadiums across the country.

The directive to allow fans to see their favourite sportsmen and women live in action comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the nationwide curfew on Wednesday, October 20.

A statement from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage revealed that spectators will be allowed into stadiums but up to 2/3 of the capacity.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed. /FILE

“Following the H.E the President’s announcement on revising the COVID-19 protocols and subsequent discussions between the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed and the CS for Health Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, spectators will now be allowed into stadiums. Event organizers are expected to ensure they utilize up to 2/3rds capacity of the stadia,’ read their statement.

Other local events will also welcome back fans, but on the condition that they provide written approvals of the number of spectators allowed beforehand.

“For local events, the event organizers shall be expected to provide prior written approvals of the number of spectators allowable for the event by the federation registered in Kenya,”

“For international events, a similar approval shall be required from the local and international federation. Further, event organizers must demonstrate to the Ministry and Sports Kenya, their capacity to secure and manage their spectators and property during such events,” continued the statement.

The ministry added that the other Resumption of Sports Protocols remains in force.

The announcement comes after Kenya Premier League’s Gor Mahia announced on Friday, October 22 that the government approved the return of their supporters to cheer them during their CAF Confederations Cup clash against Al Ahly Merowe of Sudan on Sunday, October 24 in Nairobi.

“Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to watch our second leg CAF match against Al Ahly set for Sunday at Nyayo Stadium; the Ministry of Health and Federation have already approved,” K’ogallo posted on its official social media pages.

The government had immediately banned fans from sporting events in March 2020 after the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country.

The temporary ban on sports was lifted in November 2020 but the fans were left out unless in special cases where the Health and Sports ministries cleared them to attend in limited numbers.

With the flooding of crowds in political rallies being commonplace, calls have been growing louder for fans to be allowed back into Kenya’s stadiums.

Fans during a past sporting event at the Kasarani stadium. /FILE



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