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School heads warned against wasting sports talent

KAS warns School heads who cherish academic work at the expense of co-curriculum activities claiming they wasting sports talent.

As schools prepares to open school on 23rd January 2023 for term one studies, the government, through the Kenya Academy of Sports chief executive Dr. Doreen Odhimbo, has issued a warning to all school heads over sports activities.

The Kenya Academy of Sports (KAS) warned school heads who clamp down on sporting activities to reconsider their stand “because they are stifling talent at the grassroots”. 

Doreen Odhiambo, the chief executive officer of KAS, stated that the academy was keen to revive the sporting culture, particularly in schools that were regarded as sports giants.

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“We are going to work with the Ministry of Education so that we see what can be done to the school heads who don’t allow particular sports in their schools,” she said in Kakamega at the sidelines of Football Kenya Federation’s training of grassroots football coaches from the county. 

“Talent is nurtured early in life and we are on a drive to gather all the talent at the grassroots by pushing for academics to go hand in hand with sports in schools like Kakamega High.” 

Doreen Odhiambo said with early identification of talent the country would feature more sports at international level away from the traditional athletics and rugby that have largely put it on the international sports map. 

Kakamega FKF head Allan Muhando called on KAS to help the county set up sports academies “because western Kenya was a sports hub where many talents could be going to waste”.

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