× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

Amina, petition EU for athletes’ Schengen visas

By Editorial | July 11th 2020

That the first Diamond League meeting gets underway in Monaco, France, on August 14 is good news to Kenya’s world-beating stars.

But the excitement seemed to fade away after the European Union excluded Kenya from the list of nations and regions whose citizens are allowed into Schengen zone – as coronavirus restrictions around the globe continue to ease.

It is an unfortunate move given the huge earnings Kenyan athletes make from the meetings. Our athletes stand to miss six events in Europe

While Kenyan athletes are likely to miss the opening leg in Monaco, our Ugandan counterparts in world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei and others are on the start list.

Athletics Kenya was lost on how they can help since the move to present a petition to the European nations lies with the government. AK boss Jack Tuwei said Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed promised to petition the EU and UK embassies in Nairobi to allow our athletes to travel to Europe.

Should they miss the visas, our athletes stand to lose money in race appearance fees, endorsements and prize money – subjecting them to further suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuwei said the Sports CS had approached some envoys of the European countries to establish the process of clearing our athletes to compete in Europe. We hope Amina will reach a consensus with the envoys and have our athletes compete in Europe from next month.

Share this story
Health workers are risking it all for us, take care of them
Health workers are our last line of defence once every other intervention against the pandemic has failed.
Why Kenyan boxers are winning medals once again
The BFK led by President Anthony ‘Jamal’ Ombok was elected into the office in 2019 and has since...