KShs. 4.5 Billion International Sports Academy Launched
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday, minister for youth and sports, Ababu Namwamba revealed that the project, estimated to cost Sh4.5b will be constructed in two phases.
The government has launched the International Sports Academy at the Moi-Kasarani.
"The first phase should be complete by 2016 and will have facilities such as an administration block, indoor arena, seating terrace, ablution block and pitches for the various ball sports and racket games as well a state-of-the-art sports medicine research centre," said Namwamba adding that this phase commences immediately.
He revealed that the first phase is expected to cost KShs.850 million of which the government has already set aside Shs 145 million for takeoff. "Phase two will see the construction of a residential unit with a three-star hotel and an aquatic," added Namwamba. "In addition, we are going to have a state-of-the-art laboratory where, we will be doing doping as opposed to the current situation where we send our samples to South Africa."
"The academy will be an international centre for excellence in sports through promotion of competitive training, research and application of modern technology in development of sports," added the minister.
"Kenyan athletes have been performing well without such a facility and I believe having one will help take the country's performances to the next level."
The project, a flagship of the Vision 2030, will be executed by building and civil engineering company, Landmark Holdings Limited.
Namwamba said the project will help fulfill the Kenyan dream of a facility that can help athletes access modern training in a state-of-the-art facility. "There has been a lot of talk but no action and today we are here to ensure that first major step towards establishing a facility where our sportsmen and women can access top notch training," observed Namwamba.
He observed that upon completion of the project, Kenyan athletes will have a chance to train ahead of major competitions as well as maintain their form for better results.
"The academy will be part of value addition programmes in sports as well as creating a unique sports tourism destination," said Namwamba. "The project will also help in boosting the Kenyan economy by transforming the sports in the country to a mega industry."
Namwamba added that the facility will also provide job opportunities for Kenyan youths since the same is very scarce in the formal sector. He called on well wishers, corporate companies and public private partnerships to come on board and assist in realising the initiative.
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