Nairobi 1st March 2022
Nairobi City County Governor H.E Ann Kananu in the company National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Dr. Paul Tergat today commissioned the construction of USD350M state of the art OlympAfrica Sports complex Centre in Muhuri Muchiri Ruai Ward, Kasarani Subcounty.
Said Governor Kananu, “Today’s commissioning of the USD350M state of the art OlympAfrica Sports complex marks an important milestone not only for me, but largely for Nairobi’s youth who live in Ruai and its environs who stand to benefit from this sports complex”.
Kananu said that once completed, the academy will provide easily accessible sports facilities for disadvantaged youth as well as ensure advanced youth social development through sport and in turn keep the youth from this area and its environs away from idleness, crime, drugs and alcohol abuse.
Kananu also said that she is glad that the National Olympic Committee of Kenya(NOCK) selected Nairobi County to join 37 other centres in the whole of Africa to construct a Sports complex;
Added the Governor, “Once this state of the art OlympAfrica Sports complex is complete it will assist with the development of talented young athletes and nurture future sportsmen and women who will be able to represent Kenya in various sporting disciplines. It is my hope that this Centre will greatly boost the tapping and growth of talent among the youth in the country. OlympAfrica Sports complex will also create jobs for area residents once complete.”
Governor Kananu thanked the National Olympic Committee of Kenya for its continued support and for according Nairobi City County the opportunity to partner and build OlympAfrica Sports complex; a unique sports Centre which will comprise of a main stadium, an indoor arena, gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, tennis, volleyball, handball, an Olympic-size swimming pool and a recreational nature trail.
The NOCK President Mr. Paul Tergat appreciated H.E Ann Kananu and her administration’s support in ensuring that NOCK secured land to construct the sporting facility adding that Nairobi and Ruai was the best place to have the stadium.
The County Secretary Dr. Jairus Musumba thanked NOCK for partnering with the County government. He also lauded Ruai Member of the County Assembly Hon. John Kamangu for his efforts in reclaiming back the Muhuri Muchiri field.
The County Executive in charge of Sports Ms. Lucia Mulwa noted that while the parents have a challenge in raising up youth, the County Government has done a lot to support the youths. She pointed out the County has developed a youth policy to make sure the youth are well taken care of in addition to giving bursaries to the needy students.
Youths who have been using the Muhuri Muchiri field for sporting activities will be allocated a different field as they await the completion of the sports academy.
The event was attended by the area MCA Hon. John Kamangu, County Executives, Chief Officers, Directors, Former County Executive for Education and Sports, Janet Ouko, Subcounty Administrator, Kasarani, Charles Mutinda and other County staff and NOCK committee members.