A new contractor will be identified to speed up works at the stalled Kamariny Stadium.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed said tendering process to identify a new contractor to complete the works at the stadium will be carried out in a month’s time.
Speaking when she paid Governor Alex Tolgos a courtesy call at his office, the CS said the laying of the tartan will be completed before July.
“We want the stadium to be used by our athletes to train in readiness for the Tokyo Olympics to be held in July,” she said.
She regretted that the work was behind schedule owing to the delay by the contractor.
“We are in the process of re-advertising the tender. We have followed all the necessary requirements and within the next few days, we will be having a new contractor who has the capacity and the willingness to construct the stadium on site… We have evaluated all options and ensured that we are good to go. I am very sorry to the people of Elgeyo Marakwet.”
Governor Tolgos said athletes and coaches among other stakeholders had pushed him to the wall inquiring on when the field would be ready for use.
He said: “Our athletes have been patient enough and I am happy the Ministry of Sports has picked up the matter. Our sportsmen and women need to use the field for training as soon as possible. The contractor never showed any commitment… he has been dragging his feet since 2016.”
He said the stadium should be constructed to reward the athletes who have profiled the country’s success in athletic competitions. “It will be a great honour to them. It will also encourage more young men and women to train,” he added.
Veteran athletics coach David Cheromei said the athletes and their coaches were eagerly waiting for the completion of the stadium. “We will be glad if the stadium will be ready to be used for national Tokyo Olympics trials.”
Present were County Commissioner Ahmed Omar, County CS Paul Chemutut, Isaac Kamar who is Finance CeC member and staff from the department of Sports.