The government of Kenya has pledged to financially prop up the country’s participation in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kabeira has made the commitment amid fears of financial challenges that have affected Kenya’s sevens rugby team.
However, Kabeira said the government would only extend a helping hand to the cash-strapped Kenya Rugby Union after the national governing body has held elections on March 20.
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“Rugby is one sport we have a lot of interest in and which we wish to develop. We are ready to fund the sevens national team because they have been doing a good job, and we are already in talks with the Kenya Rugby Union officials. We will get a clearer picture after the union’s elections,” Kabeira told the Daily Nation newspaper.
Bogged down by financial challenges stemming from the withdrawal of sponsors and the absence of key players, Kenya Sevens have struggled to make a mark at the world series this season.
The team are ranked 13th going into the fifth and sixth legs in Las Vegas and Vancouver respectively.
Kabeira also said the government would outline policies to ensure team uniforms, jerseys, and other equipment are manufactured locally to create jobs.
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