Over twenty sports federations and associations within the Coast region of Kenya have united to formulate a sports policy aimed at improving sports administration in the region.
Sports officials from the 21 organizations are holding series of meetings planned by the Ministry of Youth, Gender and Sports Affairs, Mombasa County, under the leadership of county executive secretary Hazel Koitaba.
Discussions are based on how and when the local sportsmen and sportswomen will benefit from the funding by the county government.
Koitaba told participants that five percent of the total annual budget set aside for the department would be channeled towards sports infrastructure.
A committee comprising seven sports administrators has been formed to approach the private sector in a bid to get more funding and branding for the sports fraternity in Mombasa and the Coast region.
“This is just the beginning and I won’t wait to see its ending. A very noble idea,” John Kameta, president of the Boxing Association of Kenya, said in an exclusive interview with Baraka FM.
Mombasa has a few National Sports Federations based in the region, the unique one being The Kenya Rowing Canoe Association led by one Seif Patwa as the Secretary General.
The County government department of Sports has promised to award top sports personalities and their coaches who bring fame to the county, or represent in various sports competitions.