Kenya Rugby is appealing to the Ministry of Sports to fast track the release funding to facilitate National Teams ahead 0f the 2019/20 season.
According to a statement by the Union, they have followed the due processes which is stipulated by the Ministry guideline on various levels of approvals. In the statement, the union states that it has two-month arrears for the Kenya 7s players and it needs funds to help the National teams travel and prepare for upcoming events.
The Union has plans to have Morans and Kenya Lionesses take part in the invitational tournaments starting with the Dubai 7s where they will need to cater for accommodation, meals and allowances. The two teams are set to miss out on Dubai 7s due to lack of funds.
Here is the full statement by the Union
First, we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Harambee Starlets for winning the Regional championship beating Tanzania 2 nil, this with a background of tough financial constraint facing the sports federations.
The International 7s global calendar kicks off with the Dubai 7s Tournament on 5th -7th December 2019
It has been a busy 3 months for the Kenya 7s Teams.
- Our ladies team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics during the Africa Women7s Tournament in Tunisia. They resumed training a month ago in preparation for this year’s Dubai 7s tournament.
- The Moran and Shujaa participated in the Tusker Safari 7s in October with the Moran’s running out as eventual winners beating a strong Blitz Bokke side
- Shujaa went ahead and won the Africa 7s Championship early this month to secure a ticket to Tokyo 2020
- A 18 man Squad has been named to represent the Country in the HSBC World Sevens series.
The plan has been to send the Lionesses and Moran’s to the Invitational 7s tournaments (Staring with Dubai) as a preparation for future assignments
Hong Kong – March series qualifiers for the Lionesses
Moran’s have in the past participated in Roma7s, Amsterdam7s, Victoria Falls7s
This being an invitational tournament, the participating Unions, in this case, the KRU are responsible for all costs: flights, accommodation, meals and allowances.
This year, however, we risk the Lionesses missing out on the Dubai7s due to lack of funds. The cost of preparation is high and the KRU has been struggling to meet the deficit.
On the other hand, we are still in arrears of 2 months with the Shujaa payments.
- KRU has made the required applications as stipulated by the Ministry guideline with various levels of approvals.
- We, therefore, appeal to the Sports Ministry to fast track and release funding to facilitate timely travel arrangements.
- KRU is in dire straits and there is a real threat that the Lioness might miss on the opportunity should the govt not intercede and release the already approved finances.
Engagement with our stakeholders and Sponsors continues and wish to thank them for continued support.
We wish the Squads and Technical teams all the best in the coming 7s Season. Thank You.