The Sports docket has been allocated Sh14 billion as proposed by the Treasury for the year 2020/21 budget on Thursday as read by finance CS Ukur Yatani in parliament
The allocation is up by close to 150% as compared to previous financial year where the Ministry of Sports and Heritage was allocated Sh5.3 billion.
In distribution 60% of the allocation is expected to go to social development which includes universal health care,35 % will go towards sports and 5% to arts.
The sports ministry led by Ambassador Amina Mohamed has her calendar almost full in the year 2021 and the budgetary increase is expected to boost preparations for the postponed world under 20 championships, Safari rally with both sports due to happen in 2021 and world continental tour Nairobi slated for September 2020.
The other areas that the sports ministry has been hard pressed is the renovation of stadia including Nyayo and Moi sports centre kasarani.
Furthermore completion of other stadia’s including Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret ,Kamarin in elgeyo marakwet, Kisumu sports ground facelift to modern sporting facility among others are expected to take shape in the financial 2020/21
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa welcomed the budget saying it would help push sports in the country to a ‘higher level
His counterpart at the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Oduor Gangla hopes federations will now be facilitated adequately.
“Very bold move by GOK. hope the sports projects will be completed,” Gangla said on a local Tv station.