Following decades of neglect Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet will finally get a facelift following an initial Sh800 million budget allocation by the Nandi County Government. These include the construction of an ultra-modern stadium with 30,000-seater capacity.
This means that the hustle athletes have had to endure looking for training grounds will soon end.Kipchoge Keino stadium one of the oldest sports facilities in the country had collapsed because of negligence from the former governments.
The facility has produced the former and current international athletes. Among the national athletes include the legendary Kipchoge Keino whom the stadium was named after who is now NOCK chairman.
Others are; The current CEC for sports in Nandi County Patrick Sang who is also the former 3000M steeplechase world silver medalist, Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat, Patrick Sang Henry Rono, Wilfred Bungei, Sammy Kosgei, Ibrahim Hussein, Peter Koech, Peter Rono, Ben Kogo, Pamela Jelimo, Janet Jepkosgei , Julius Taratit Sang, Tecla Chemabwai, Ebrahim Kipkemboi , Prof. Mike Boit, Wilson Kipketer, Nandi born, American based Bernard Lagat, Conseslus Kipruto, Boston’s latest sensation and champion 113 edition Rita Cheptoo, Harambee stars player Wyclif Anyango, rugby national team player Kennedy Isundu among others.
The stadium is designed to provide international standards of sports facilities that will include a modern football pitch, a tartan track, as latest state-of-the-art indoor gymnasium and hotels.
Nandi County Governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat said the county government has budgeted Ksh. 100million in this financial year for initial works.
CEC for Sports Patrick Sang said that the stadium will have a perimeter fence, main stand for VIP and public car park and sanitary facility which will be placed beneath the main stand. There will also be a changing room and an effective sewer line and earth work to be included.
Athletes expressed their joy and said that the stadium is a major boost to their training timetable. They however called upon the county government to establish another training space to allow those that can’t afford maintenance fee for tartan track to use it as an alternative. Source Nandi County News, The Sailor