Kenya Rugby Union makes the bold decision of cancelling season

Wednesday May 13 2020

The Kenya Rugby Union on Thursday announced the cancellation of 2019/20 season over the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement late Thursday evening, KRU said all league and cup competitions will not continue due to the Covid-19 crisis that has paralysed all sport. This is the first sports federation in the country to cancel its entire season over the pandemic.

KRU said the directive also affects the Kenya Cup, KRU Championship, Nationwide leagues, Enterprise and Mwamba Cups.

"The cancellation means there will be no promotion or relegation in any of the leagues, with all teams remaining in their current division," KRU said.

"We are in challenging times with the worldwide breakout of the novel coronavirus. This has caused untold disruption and presented us with a very challenging environment. Sporting activities have not been spared from its debilitating impact."

"This situation has affected our way of life meaning no training, rugby events or matches are feasible in the foreseen future."

At the point of disruption, the leagues were at the play off stages and none of the leagues had qualified winners.

"The KRU Board is particularly aware of the impact on clubs, sponsors and fans with the potential to be promoted or win competitions."

"This decision is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved. A range of options were explored, as far as possible and a broad consensus was reached across the game as to the most appropriate outcome. But in the end, we have had to make the decision to ensure we play our part in safeguarding lives."

"Our primary concern remains the health and safety of all our stakeholders – the players, technical teams, officials, fans as well as grounds men and security personnel."