SPEECH BY H.E.HON.UHURU.KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER- IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING THECHAIRMAN’S PRIZE TOURNAMENT 2013, NYERI GOLF CLUB, 18TH MAY 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to join you all at this year’s Chairman’s PrizeTournament. I take this early opportunity to congratulate all the players for asterling performance.I note with pride and appreciation that this tournament has been running annually since1929. This easily makes the tournament one of the longest running sports championshipsin the country. I thank all the officials – past and present - who have made this event one of the sporting legacies in Kenya.I am indeed happy to be associated with a club of such great historical significance. I saythis because this is not the first Chairman’s prize tournament that am attending at this club.Indeed, I was here last year and the year before, when I witnessed some great golf playedby our fellow Kenyans.Ladies and Gentlemen,Although this tournament has been held in Nyeri which has been a Provincial town fordecades, the tournament itself has been national in stature, attracting some of the bestgolfers in the country. It is encouraging to note that a total of 212 golfers participated inthe tournament.This is a remarkable number of participants and a clear indication that the game of golf isexpanding in the country. I call on those in charge of the game of golf in Nyeri, and thecountry at large, to ensure that structures are in place to promote the further growth of thesport in the country.Indeed, I wish to call upon sports managers in the country to put measures in place with aview to ensuring that our reputation in athletics is replicated in other sporting disciplines.In particular, there is urgent need for us to streamline the management of football which isthe most popular sport in the country. We must improve the standards of soccer in thecountry so that our football teams can excel in the region, in the continent and beyond.We need also to get our people to enjoy football made in Kenya rather than just watchingthe English league. Similarly, we should raise the standards of other sports includingreclaiming our lost glory in boxing. We should also provide additional support to ournational rugby team that is making good gains internationally.As we do this, we must not lose sight of the need to encourage and motivate our athletes inorder to sustain our reputation as the home of the world’s best athletes. As we seek topromote sports in the country, we must bear in mind that golf, and indeed other sportsdisciplines, are no longer mere social events for recreation and entertainment.Today, sports are a major source of income and are employing thousands of peopleworldwide. We are, therefore, seeking to build a vibrant sports industry in which our youngpeople can earn a decent living.