Coming Soon: Kenya’s First International Sports Academy
NAIROBI: Away from the buzz of competitions in various fields, a major project that will shake the sporting foundation in Kenya and the region is taking shape at an obscure corner of Kasarani Sports Complex, Nairobi. In one year, an International Sports Academy, to be run by the Kenya Academy of Sports, will start accommodating exceptionally talented youths from all corners of Kenya. As they sharpen their sporting skills, they will also be continuing with their academic pursuit.
Construction of Phase One started in March 2013 after being inaugurated by the Coalition Government in its last days. Set on 100 acres on the southern wing of Kasarani Complex towards Mwiki, the academy will comprise an auditorium, a multi-purpose sports hall, hostel, five-star hotel, administration block, apartments for elite sportsmen and a six-lane aquatic training facility. It will also have one cricket ground, six football and three rugby grounds, bowling facility and outdoor courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis. Construction of the main block, which will accommodate the first students from next March, has reached the sixth floor.
“We want to develop a one-stop facility for all cadre of sportsmen and women to enable them concentrate on training. Part of the hostel, some class rooms, kitchen, two football and one rugby pitch and a section of parking, will be fully functional when Phase One is completed next year,” said Gabriel Komora, the acting director general of Sports Kenya, who are undertaking the project on behalf of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts.
“Eventually, we want the entire 1,000 acres at Kasarani fully developed. When the final phase is completed, there will be a motorsport track for go-kart and an 18-hole public golf course also incorporated in the project,” said Komora.