Kenya Rugby Union Bars Unvaccinated Players from Kenya Cup

Kenya Rugby Union Bars Unvaccinated Players from Kenya Cup

  • Earlier in the year, the government rolled out an extensive vaccination exercise for sportsmen and women
  • The Kenya Rugby Union on Tuesday, November 23 published a policy telling clubs to determine the action of staff who were not fully vaccinated
  • Ahead of the new season, KRU announced unvaccinated players would be barred from playing in games

Players who are yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will not take part in the 2021-2022 Kenya Cup.

Kenya Rugby Union
Kenya Cup competition during a past game. The KRU has announced unvaccinated players would be barred from playing this season. Photo: KRU.

This is according to The Kenya Rugby Union, who issued the directive on Tuesday, November 24 as part of COVID-19 safety protocols.

The new directive is likely to get clubs on high alert as players who are not fully vaccinated will also be ineligible to participate in games.

Clubs will also have to decide the course of action as far as staff who are not vaccinated are concerned.

The Kenya Cup is slated to commence on Saturday, November 27 with six matches in the line up.

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Games set for Saturday include:

Strathmore Leos v Topfry Nakuru, 1.00 pm, RFUEA, Nairobi

Kenya Harlequin v Resolution Impala Saracens, 3.00 pm, RFUEA, Nairobi

Kabras Sugar v Blak Blad, 3.00 pm, Moi Showground, Kakamega

Masinde Muliro v Nondescripts, 3.00 pm, MMUST, Kakamega

Menengai Oilers v Mwamba, 3.00pm,Moi Showground, Nakuru

KCB v Homeboyz, 3.00 pm, KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka

Last season, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of games were postponed and the season was plunged into somewhat of a crisis.

Unvaccinated Kenyans to be denied govt services

Interestingly, the KRU’s directive coincides with the government's announcement that from December 21, unvaccinated Kenyans would be barred from accessing basic services including public transport.

According to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, anyone requesting in-person government services must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination.

A mass vaccination exercise will take place from November 26, facilitated by the ministry in collaboration with the county government to administer adequate vaccines to as many people as possible ahead of the deadline.