NAROBI, (Xinhua) --
has dispensed 400,000 U.S. dollars to fund foreign competition
of three of its national teams affected by the sudden withdrawal
of their sponsor over a row on gambling taxes.
Sevens rugby, boxing and football will have to share the loot to
prepare for their foreign assignments as Kenya remained adamanat
to charge an exorbitant tax of 35 per cent on all proceeds
gained from gambling.
Rugby Sevens, who are in the World Series circuit with six legs
left this season, gained the most with 310,000 dollars, football
will enjoy 30,000 dollars while boxing, which is due to fly out
to training camp and competition in India took 60,000 dollars.
Sports Permanent Secretary, Peter Kaberia, confirmed that the
three federations have received their money. “We wired the money
to Kenya Rugby Union last week,” said Kaberia.
Meanwhile, Kenya Sevens rugby team will still return to the
government for more support to take care of its planned
participation in the Rugby World Cup Sevens slated for July
20-22 in San Francisco, U.S.
Kenya are currently ranked eighth on the World Sevens Series log
with 35 points after four tournaments.
The remaining six legs in the World Series will be held in Las
Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris.
This follows the withdrawal of gambling giant firm SportPesa
from all their sponsorship contracts with Kenya teams in protest
of the huge gambling fees imposed on them by the government last
Football Kenya Federation are preparing for the Africa Nations
Cup 2019 qualification and have two international friendly
matches lined up. Coach Harambee Stars coach Paul Putt wants to
overhaul the team’s technical bench.
The development, if approved by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF),
might see current assistant coaches Stanley Okumbi and John
Kamau and other members of the technical bench displaced.