Rugby to wait as sports fund disburses Sh20m to cushion athletes
By Eric Njiru | Tue 26 May, 2020 16:05

Ministry of Sports through Sports Fund kicked-off distribution of COVID-19 stimulus package from the Sports Fund that will start with Kenyan Premier League players receiving Ksh10,000 each for the next three months. 

The government will disburse up to Ksh20 million according to Sports CS Amina Mohamed who spoke on Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium. 

“We have agreed that we are starting with KPL because we know the difficulty they are going through. After verification, we have come up with a final list of those footballers suffering the most. We will begin with them and continue rolling out the program for the next 15 days while taking stock,” said Amina as quoted by Capital FM

"We are also releasing the same amount of money to our most vulnerable National Team athletes in all our active Sports Federations for the same period of time. This is to enable them continue training for upcoming global events."

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla confirmed the Union has already submitted a list of players that will receive the cash when 'rugby time' comes. Kenya 7s, Kenya Lionesses, Kenya Simbas and Chipu are all set to benefit. 

“We will begin with KPL players because of the distress they are going through and then continue from there. We have a verified list. Previously we had a list with exaggerated numbers before we verified and got the real numbers,” she added.

According to Capital FM, the Sports Fund has so far given Sh50 million to the Sports stimulus, adding on to an earlier Sh30 million handed to the Ministry. CS Amina has also stated that from next week, they will begin distributing food packages to more sportsmen in distress.

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere with experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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