Uasin Gishu Budgets 250m for 64 Stadium Restoration

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By Isah Asesa

Athletes in Uasin Gishu breathed a sigh of relief after the County Government announced plans to rebuild the historical 64 Stadium in Eldoret Town.

 

On Tuesday, Governor Jackson Mandago said that his administration had allocated Sh250 million in the 2019/ 2020 financial budget for the reconstruction of 64 Stadium which is currently in a dilapidated state.

“As a county government we have allocated Sh250 million for the reconstruction of this important sports facility. We have already completed the designs. We expect it to be completed in two-year’s time,” said Governor Mandago.

He also revealed that the county government seeks to build small stadiums in the grassroots where youths can horn their skills. Currently, construction works have stalled at Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret despite the Ministry of Sports promising that stalled construction works at the facility will resume in the second week of January this year.

“Kipchoge stadium in Eldoret Town has been delayed for a long time and since we now we have money from the Sports Fund, some of it should be allocated for its completion.

Our prayer and hope is that since Kipchoge will be an international standard stadium, the ministry of sports should help us complete it on time,” added Governor Mandago.

He went on, “We are ashamed that as Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties being on the forefront in producing high ranking athletes, none has a stadium that is functional.

The national government had allocated funds to complete these proje

Eliud Kipchoge in Eldoret

cts, the CS should use funds to complete the facilities because our athletes bring us a lot of pride.”

Meanwhile athletes in Elgeyo Marakwet County will have to wait longer before they can use the historic Kamariny Stadium that its construction work is dragging on at a snail’s pace.

In Nandi, the area County government announced plans to build the Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex to commemorate the renowned athlete.The honour will be bestowed upon Eliud Kipchoge, who broke the marathon world record last year.

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