Published On: Thu, Nov 6th, 2014

Kenya’s misses out on bid to host Rugby IRB Series,promise to build a purpose built rugby stadium

Kenya has reacted to the apparent reports of missing out on their bid to host a leg of the international circuit of the International Rugby Board (IRB) HSBC World Sevens Series by expediting plans to construct a purpose built rugby stadium in Nairobi.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) believes the facility will boost their chances to nail one of the eight rounds of the global competition after their push to be included in the 2015/16 calendar with the 60,000-seater, football-built Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani, located 8km from the country’s capital Nairobi.

The IRB are due to announce the countries to host the World Series in a new schedule with sources indicating Kenya will not be in it with Singapore, Vancouver and Paris replacing Tokyo, Las Vegas and Glasgow.

“Competition is very tight. Everybody wants the Sevens. There are so many capable hosts and if one misses out, he has just to take it on the chin. Nothing is official, yet we have been in telephone contact with IRB,” KRU boss Mwangi Muthee said of the development Wednesday.

“There is so much goodwill from the rest of the world to come to a Series round held in Kenya and even if that doesn’t happen now, it will be in the very near future. Meanwhile the country should concentrate of putting up ideal facilities,” he said.

“Without the bid, it would have taken longer for the country to appreciate and take steps to put up the required facilities to host an IRB event. That now has been kick-started. It is a wonderful thing to look forward to,” Muthee added.

The proposed project is an initiative of the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has tasked Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and Hassan Wario, Minister of Sports, Art and Culture, in charge of its actualization.

The 2014/15 Sevens World Series began in Australia’s Gold Coast last month and will see the 16 participating teams travel to Dubai next in December.

South Africa, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong of China, Japan, Scotland and England legs will complete the competition where top four finishers will qualify directly for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


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