Covid-19: Mombasa, Kwale counties back in action

Changamwe women volleyball team train at Changamwe grounds to keep themselves fit as they wait for official resumption of sports activities in the country in this picture taken on August 7, 2020. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP


What you need to know:

  • A spot check by Nation Sport in Mombasa and other parts of Coast region found sportsmen and women training in their numbers and participating in tournaments with the approval of individual federations or county governments
  • The Mombasa County Covid-19 emergency response committee meeting held on June 24 in the office of Governor Hassan Ali Joho allowed sports to resume but strictly in adherence to both the national and count government guidelines and regulations

Sportsmen and women in Mombasa have resumed sporting activities after becoming impatient with a Covid-19 task force that is supposed to hand in a report on the roadmap of restarting action to Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.

A spot check by Nation Sport in Mombasa and other parts of Coast region found sportsmen and women training in their numbers and participating in tournaments with the approval of individual federations or county governments.

The Mombasa County Covid-19 emergency response committee meeting held on June 24 in the office of Governor Hassan Ali Joho allowed sports to resume but strictly in adherence to both the national and count government guidelines and regulations.

A media release signed by the governor allowed entities that meet the set guidelines to return to the playgrounds.

In Mombasa, the Covid-19 curve seems to be flattening given the decreasing positive cases, with the report from the task force constituted by the CS eagerly awaited.

Joseph Oyoo, a former Harambee Starlets coach, who together with Ben Owuor have been taking Changamwe Ladies through the paces at Changamwe grounds, said exercises are one way of helping fight the pandemic. They said that youths aged between 10 to 25 years are the majority of the people involved in the tournament.

“Practising, apart from helping to boost an individual’s immunity, has also kept the youth away from illicit activities. That is the main reason why we want sports to officially resume as soon as possible,” Oyoo said.

Changamwe ladies football team train at Changamwe grounds in this picture taken on August 7, 2020 as they hope for official resumption of sports activities in the country. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Similar sentiments were expressed by George Ojwaya, the current Goal for Goal Foundation of Kwale head coach, who said sports has helped the youth keep off criminal and immoral activities in Kwale.

“If you visit Kwale, just like Mombasa on a weekend, all play grounds are booked for daily football tournaments and we have not seen any cases of Covid- 19 reported or people dropping dead on the streets,” Ojwaya said while appealing to the ministry to allow sports to resume.