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King of the Course event moves to Ruiru

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LARRY NGALA

By LARRY NGALA
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An huge field of 250 golfers drawn from various clubs in the country will be parading at the par 72 Ruiru Sports Club course in Ruiru this weekend for the ICEA Lion King of the Course second leg which comes barely a week after the first leg at Machakos Golf Club.

Formerly the ICEA Lion Group golf day, this weekend’s tournament will be the first corporate tournament at Ruiru Sports Club this year. It is the second year in a row ICEA Lion is visiting the Thika highway facility that has become one of the most popular corporate golf destination.

“We are grateful to have been included in the now country-wide King of the Course golf series and will do everything to make sure that we meet not just the expectations of the sponsors but also those of the people who came up with this great golfing idea,” said Ruiru captain Peter Mwaura.

“The course is playing relatively easy with the light rains around. It is going to be an exciting year opener for our members with lots of exciting prizes on offer,” added Mwaura, who will be among those chasing the ICEA Lion King Of Course title where he will be competing against some of the players who have been in great form lately.

The club’s 2019 champion Chris Andrea currently playing off handicap four, club chairman James Muraguri, Ben Omondi and lady golfers Catherine Wambui and Irene Wamoro have been enjoying great form lately.

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Besides the prizes reserved for the members, there will be many other prizes for the more than 50 guests including 13 golfers from Malawi led by Frank Mvalo as well as a strong contingent of 30 players from Machakos led by club chairman Sawran Singh and which also includes the winner of last weekend’s King of the Course Machakos edition James Ndunda.

The weekend action begins at Thika Greens Golf Resort on Friday where the par 72 course which was the venue for the Safari Tour seventh leg earlier this week, will host the ICEA Lion King of the Course club night event. The event dubbed as “The Grand Slam Year Opener” will be featuring the Malawian golfers from Lilongwe Golf Club, Machakos, Nyeri, Limuru and Embu golfers.

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Fredrick Njeru Njagi, one of the Embu golfers and a member of the Mountain Classic’s “Tigers” says his members are more than ready to welcome the visiting golfers at Thika Greens.

On the other hand, 42 professionals will be joining more than 150 amateurs at Muthaiga Golf Club for the Safari Tour eighth leg Pro-Am being sponsored by Magical Kenya and Absa Group formerly Barclays Bank of Kenya.

For the pros, this will be a practicing round for the Safari Tour eighth leg whose opening round is scheduled for Sunday. The pros include Nigeria’s Andrew Odoh who is drawn with an elite amateur team of Evans Vitisia, Mutahi Kibugu and Anthony Irungu.

Home pro Greg Snow, who won the Thika Greens edition of the Safari Tour on Wednesday, is paired with Philip Ocholla, D. Mwindi and Christine Ocholla.

Teeing off for those drawn in the morning, start at 7am with another tee off at 11.32am. Like most of the courses in Nairobi and nearby Kiambu County, Muthaiga is expected to be playing long because of the on-going rains though some interesting scores are expected from the pros depending on how the course is set.

A number of the country’s leading lady golfers are meanwhile travelling to Mombasa for the Nyali Golf and Country Club Lady captain’s Prize event which being the first major event of the season at the Coast, has attracted a big field of 150 players. The lady captain Susan Strokes has lined up an array of prizes for both ladies and the men.

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Manchester City’s European ban lifted by Court of Arbitration for Sports

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jul 13 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled in Manchester City’s favour, and decided to quash the two-year ban from European competition that was handed down by UEFA in February.

CAS has also reduced City’s fine from 30m euros (Sh3.6bn) to 10m (Sh1.2bn).

CAS verdict read: “The CAS award emphasised that most of the alleged breaches reported by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) were either not established or time-barred.

“As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in UEFA’s club competitions for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.

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“However, considering i) the financial resources of MCFC; ii) the importance of the cooperation of clubs in investigations conducted by the CFCB, because of its limited investigative means; and iii) MCFC’s disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations, the CAS panel found that a significant fine should be imposed on MCFC and considered it appropriate to reduce UEFA’s initial fine by two-thirds, i.e. to the amount of EUR 10 million.”

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Couple found dead in Machakos a day after travelling from Nairobi

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Kemri, Kenyatta Hospital halt testing public

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By NASIBO KABALE

As coronavirus cases continue to surge, the Health ministry is changing its testing strategy as it seeks to stamp out corruption.

The Nation has established that State testing centres, including the National Public Health Laboratory Services, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) are no longer testing the public, a move that will affect many who rely on free screening.

In a memo to all directors and heads of departments, for example, senior director of clinical services at KNH, Dr Irene Inwani, said following the decision that Mbagathi isolation unit will only admit Covid-19 confirmed cases, the unit will no longer handle any suspected cases or screen the public.

“The head of Unit Respiratory Infectious Diseases is directed to stop all the screening activities and public testing at the KNH Mbagathi IDU,” she stated.

This comes after a nurse at KNH was charged alongside one of the recipients of a coronavirus-free certificate at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi. 

Kemri, on the other hand, announced it would no longer collect Covid-19 samples for testing, but will instead test samples from designated testing centres following claims that private facilities were charging for tests that were conducted at the agency using donated kits.

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Government officials have so far downplayed the effectiveness of wider testing, while critics accuse them of doing so to hide shortage of test kits.

Mr Peterson Wachira, the chairman of the clinical officers union, said the decision not to test widely and systematically despite the benefits of such a strategy as has shown in other countries like South Korea is unfortunate.

“The commitment by the government to move from targeted testing to mass testing was great. However, now with this backtracking of State institutions like KNH, which says it will not test suspected cases, we’re in trouble because a majority of cases are asymptomatic and lack of screening and testing sites, especially in public facilities, could be detrimental to the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

Kenyans will rely on rapid response teams who collect samples from organisations and institutions that have requested for testing as well as quarantine facilities.

There are also rapid response teams in counties and few hospitals that submit their samples to national labs.

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