Sports federations have 12 months to seek fresh registration after the President assents to the Sports Bill, which Parliament passed on Wednesday.
Sports Minister, Ababu Namwamba, praised the Bill that was pending legislation for the past 10 years and seeks to re-organise sports management.
The minister said the Bill will stream line governance of sports through the core principles of responsibility, accountability, democracy, transparency and inclusivity.
“All sports federations in the country must seek fresh registration under the newly established Sports Registrar from the guidelines stipulated in the bills second schedule,” he noted.
The Bill will harness sports for development, encourage and promote sports and recreation; provide for the establishment of sports institutions, facilities, administration and management of sports in the country.
“A new dawn is here with us, a renaissance in the sporting fraternity. The era when people would use federations as personal fiefdoms to enrich themselves from other people’s sweat impervious to the need of sports personalities is long gone,” he warned.
The registrar will be charged with registration and oversight of all sports federations.
The Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) and the Department of Sports will be collapsed into Sports Kenya the imminent institution that will generally coordinate sports in the country on behalf of the government.
“All the staff of the Sports Stadia Management Board will form part of the staff of Sports Kenya while those of the Department of Sports will be given the option of either serving within the institution or being deployed elsewhere in the public service,” Nambwamba revealed.
Namwamba said the Bill also establishes the Sports Dispute Tribunal that will be managed and run within the framework of the High Court with full capacity and mandate to preside over sport disputes headed by a person fit to be a judge of the High Court.
The Minister was speaking at Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret where he had gone to inspect ongoing renovation at the racing track and was accompanied by Knock chairman Kipchoge Keino and the SSMB CEO Gabriel Komora.
The minister extended the deadline for completion of works at the stadium to March after delay in delivery of the tartan track that arrived at the Port Of Mombasa but urged the Finance Ministry to expedite the clearance process.