Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang on Monday officially opened the 5th edition of Kenya Youth Inter-County Sports Association (KYISA) Games.
In his opening address, Governor Sang said devolved units have prioritised the harnessing and developing skills among the youth.
He said developing sports sector was a major focus of his administration, noting that sports can provide youth with avenues to self-reliance.
“Sports nowadays is a life changer if taken seriously. If you pursue sports as a career it will be a source of income and that is why we have invested in this sector,”said Sang.
Governor Sang said his government is increasingly focusing in tapping sport talent among the youth and will use KYISA games to advance that.
“As a county, we will use these games to tap talent and we will support our youth to establish themselves,” noted Sang.
The County boss also pointed out that the games will foster cohesion and patriotism in the country.
“We need to also use sports to build bridges of friendship and prosperity,”he added.
During the opening matches,the host Nandi, exploited the home-ground advantage beating Makueni 3 goals to nil in the men’s football category.
They also outshone Nakuru county, beating them 3 sets to nil in the men’s volleyball competition.
Present during the official opening of the games was Nandi Deputy Governor Dr Yulita Cheruiyot, Sports CEC Elly Kurgat, Lands CEC Stanley Baliach, Kilibwoni MCA Cynthia Muge among others.
The games running from Monday 17th to Sunday, 23rd December, will involve over 4,000 youth, aged between 18-25, drawn from the 47 counties.
The sporting event will feature football, volleyball and basketball.