Principal Secretary (PS) for Tourism, John Olotuaa, on 10/08/2023, Thursday night, received the Kenyan team arriving to the country from the Common Wealth Youth Games held in Trinidad and Tobago. The PS congratulated the team for their sterling performance and marketing Kenya as a sporting giant.
On arrival, the team was accompanied by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya treasurer Mr. Anthony Kariuki, Athletics team manager Mr. Eliud Wambua, Rugby coach Sarah Otieno and the Cycling team manager Mr. Charles Mose.
The ladies’ rugby team was ranked position 4 while the beach volleyball team managed to take the 4th position overall. Swimming triathlon, cycling and, paralympic athletes won silver medals.
“The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage will continue collaborating with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, The Arts and Sports, Ministry of Education and the National Olympic Committee of Kenya in advancing sports tourism” said the PS.
Sports tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in tourism thanks to the increased number of sporting events being held in the country.
Sports and tourism each contribute a great deal to the global economy and have become an important element in the Kenyan economy as well.
Sports in Kenya is by no means limited to just athletics – visitors to Kenya will be spoilt for choice in football, rugby, cricket, polo, water sports and horse racing, which are held throughout the year.
Nairobi plays host to the annual Safari Sevens, a major rugby tournament featuring top international teams. The Sevens team is ranked among the world’s best rugby teams, and each year the event is a major highlight on our sports tourism calendar.
Equally important is the Kenya Open Golf Tournament, held annually at the Karen Country Club.
It features a repertoire of local and international competitors, and promises plenty of exciting action on the greens.
More and more travelling golfers are now packing the local clubs when they come to Kenya on safari. The Kenyan coast is a paradise for sports such as deep-sea fishing and water surfing in the Indian Ocean.
Hotel guests can also go scuba diving and snorkelling. Lake Victoria is another great place for water surfing and deep-sea fishing off its islands — Mfangano, Takawiri and Rusinga.