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The Kenya Rugby Union has cancelled the 2020 season because of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To that effect, all the league and cup competitions this season have been cancelled.

Affected is the main championship, nationwide leagues, Kenya Cup, Enterprise and Mwamba Cup.

Henceforth, there will be no promotion or relegation in any of the leagues, with all teams remaining in their current division.

Sport in general is facing challenging times with the worldwide breakout of the Novel Coronavirus.

This has caused untold disruption and presented a very challenging environment.

Virtually, all sporting activities have not been spared from the debilitating impact of COVID-19.

This situation has affected the way of life with no training sessions and rugby events (matches) are feasible in the foreseen future.

At the point of disruption, the leagues were at the play off stages and none of the leagues had qualified winners.

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Board is particularly aware of the impact on clubs, sponsors and fans with the potential to be promoted or win competitions.

This decision is not intended to in any way diminish the games that have already taken place or the efforts of everyone involved.

A range of options were explored, as far as possible and a broad consensus was reached across the game as to the most appropriate outcome.

The decision was made to ensure we play our part in safeguarding lives.

The primary concern remains the health and safety of all our stakeholders – the players, technical teams, officials, fans as well as grounds men and security personnel.

Any decision on the resumption of any Rugby activities and fixtures will be subject to direction and guideline by The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Sports.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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