Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association have been forced to cut down on the contingent to the East Africa School Games scheduled for August 15-23 in Huye, Rwanda, due to financial constraints.
Unlike the initial plan of taking more teams per discipline, Kenya will now register three teams in the disciplines where the country is defending the title and two in the rest. KSSSA deputy secretary general Robert Mukhwana said fielding many squads in the games gives the country advantage over the rivals in the chase for accolades but they have no choice this time. “Team Kenya is already big but entering three or four teams per discipline will weigh down on the Ministry of Education’s budget. Rwanda is far away, and managing the logistics of more than 500 sporting teenagers is no laughing matter,” intimated Mukhwana. Last year, we had some countries entering four outfits in a single sporting discipline. “This worked well especially for Uganda who managed a clean sweep of the podium positions and the fourth too in girls’ netball.”
Meanwhile, all teams going to Rwanda will converge at St. Mathias Boys Secondary School in Busia Kenya next Tuesday for a two-day team coordination and bonding. The boys and girls together with their coaches and teachers will cross to Uganda on August 13th and make a stopover in Mbarara, Uganda. The Kenyan contingent will then cross to Rwanda on August 14. Kenyans will rest the following day before starting the event on August 16th.