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Echesa seals sports development pact with Cuba

Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa led a successful tour of Cuba as he signed various Memoranda of understanding (MoU) on sports exchange programmes in training of various disciplines at the weekend.

Echesa, who was part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s delegation to Cuba, signed a five-year (renewable) MoU with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba on cultural exchange between officials and cultural practitioners of the two countries in the areas of performing and visual arts, music, heritage, film, cultural information and research.

The two countries will also exchange technical support and consultancies in different fields of culture after the agreements which is consistent with the government’s recent spirited efforts to revitalise the economy.

Both nations will explore issues to do with ports medicine, community sports and participation in long and middle distance races, doping control, sports management and computer science applied to sports.

Cuba also stand to benefit from high altitude training from Kenya which is synonymous with success in middle and long distance races with local coaches providing the expertise to their counterparts from the Caribbean nation. Echesa sealed the deal with Dr Antonio Eduardo, President of National Institute of Sports Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) of Cuba.

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