Sports to be part of Africities conference

Eliud Kipchoge

Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge jog at the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary on May 12, 2022 ahead of the Africities Summit scheduled for May 17-21. The county government was last last evening in a wild rush to put its house in order ahead of the launch.


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What you need to know:

  • The teams that have already registered to participate in the event include Safaricom, Kenya Red Cross Society, and Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company.
  • Mutua said that the event has attracted interest in a number of secondary schools from Kisumu and beyond, 14 teams have registered.

As high-level discussions get underway at this week’s Africities Summit in Kisumu, sports has been incorporated for entertainment and to let off steam for the delegates.

More than 30 football teams from various counties have registered to participate in sports tourism activities on May 20 and 21.

Kisumu County Executive Committee Member for Tourism Culture and Sports Achi Alai said that the aim of the sporting activities is to offer a thrilling experience to  participants.

"We take this opportunity to invite teams to register early to take part in this big event as it also offers a chance to visit tourist attractions in the lake side city," she said.

Sports Tourism Marketing Director Paul Mutua said that the event will also present an opportunity for participants to prepare for the Inter-Tourism Expo which will be held in Ghana in October.

“Sports is one of the best ways for people to interact. This is a once in a lifetime experience and we must make good use of it,” he said.

The competitors will include re tired national team players, teams from various cities and local government authorities, ladies, juniors and corporate teams.

Football clinics will be conducted in academies in the local community by sports legends from various  countries.

The teams that have already registered to participate in the event include Safaricom, Kenya Red Cross Society, and Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company.

Mutua said that the event has attracted interest in a number of secondary schools from Kisumu and beyond, 14 teams have registered.


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