Keep negative politics out of hockey and focus on development of the sport

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University teams are set to leave Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) league to join their own competition under Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA).

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Kenyatta University have already declared their resignation from the KHU league.

Fears are rife within the KHU ranks that more teams may follow suit since most of them are yet to remit participation fee for this season. It is the wish of every sports federation to have as many activities as possible for the better of the game and so the move by universities is welcome.

But reports that the new league has been formed to punish KHU for banning national under-21 players, most of whom were from universities, casts the development in bad light.

There are revelations that some scholars are reluctant to desert the high profile KHU league for ‘worthless’ and ‘diluted’ competitions.

These players understand that if KUSA officials are indeed on a revenge mission, then the KHU would hit back hard by denying them chance to play in national teams.

KHU secretary Peter Kiruma’s assertions that the new league would compromise the quality of the sport could be the base the national body may use to sideline universities.

The KHU and KUSA should work in harmony for the development of the sport and better future of players.

Negative politics should be kept off hockey as it has always been and all stakeholders focus on development agenda. This is the way to go for the sport to grow.

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