Friday, 18 April 2008
Sessional Paper still gathers dust
For a country in its 45th year of independence, we still don’t have a Sports Policy. It sucks! I said it here before that sports practitioners; players, managers, entrepreneurs, and interested parties need develop this framework upon which sports in Kenya can build a firm foundation for this more than lucrative industry.
It may have been developed sometime back but I think these were just some hoodlums purporting to develop a paper just to please the Government of the day and try squeezing a shilling or two out of it OR it could have been what we would refer to as our ‘scholarly brothers’ who develop very good papers for intellectual discourse but when we get to implementation, nothing ever moves.
With the new dispensation/mandate, I think it’s fair for us sports people to stake our claim in the process of national reconciliation and healing. We can do this by developing an all-inclusive sports agenda for this country which will mark it as a model sporting nation in this part of the world.
We can also turn a new leaf on most of our sports activities where we seem to have continual problems. This is never too late as can be seen in some of the major sporting nations which have come from serious socio-economic alignments, let’s check some Balkan states, Czech Republic, Croatia, and even current Asian Cup winners Iraq!
It can even be incorporated in the Brand Kenya work that will seek to sell Kenya as a viable destination not just for its game but also for its varied sporting disciplines and venues as well as investment options.
Over to you industry players!