Kamariny Stadium to open for training 6 years after closure
When the historic Kamariny Stadium in Iten was shut for a major upgrade to a modern sports facility in 2016, there was hope that athletes would start using it again for their training within one year.
The closure would occasion suffering, with more than 2,000 Iten-based athletes travelling to as far as Tambach Teachers Training College and Eldoret’s incomplete Kipchoge Keino Stadium for speed works that are normally done on the track.
Kamariny Stadium upgrade was a joint undertaking between the Ministry of Sports and Elgeyo Marakwet County, but it remained in a sorry state as athletes suffered after the contractor abandoned the site.
The county pumped Sh50 million on terraces in one section of the proposed modern stadium, which remains the only palpable structure in the facility that was once used by the country’s world beaters in athletics. It was to be refurbished at Sh287 million.
Just like other stalled establishments, the towering terraces on the eastern part of the stadium were also beginning to rot away.