What’s in it for Sports under the Azimio regime?

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On Monday night, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Presidential hopeful Raila Odinga launched his manifesto at the Nyayo Stadium, outlining areas detailing his plan for the first 100 days in office if he is elected to be the country’s fifth President.

The former Prime Minister, a known supporter of record FKF Premier League champions Gor Mahia and an ardent Arsenal fanatic, laid out a series of promises including a pledge to re-organize funding to sports entities.

In Azimio’s blueprint, Odinga says his administration will look into how funding can be made more meaningful for a measurable impact in lives.

Odinga’s manifesto has also promised to liaise with relevant bodies of non-Olympic sports to prioritize their long-term success and support.

“Sport is part of our national identity. We take pride in hosting some of the greatest sporting competitions and athletes on the planet. It teaches our children how to rise up to challenges, nurtures character building and teaches discipline,” Odinga said as he laid out his plans for the sporting industry.

He added, “Sport encourages us all to lead healthier and more active lives and contributes Sh10bn annually. Above all, sport is fun and brings us together as a nation.”

Raila Odinga’s regime has also promised to improve standards and management in the sector by improving sports management, enhancing transparency and accountability as well as improving coaching standards.

With none of the facilities in the country having passed fit to host any international football matches, Odinga’s manifesto will cater for and improve the existing facilities.

Illegally acquired sports and recreation facilities and sites as well will be reclaimed under the Azimio regime.

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