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Kenya reinstates rugby Coach, players
to resume training for World Cup

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu has been reinstated unconditionally by Sports Cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa.

Simiyu, the most successful of Kenyan coaches, had been sacked by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) last week after he claimed full responsibility taking the blame for his players act to block sponsorship branding off their shirts at the Paris Sevens, the final round of the World Series on June 21.

However, following mediation talks between the Ministry of Sports and Kenya Rugby Union and an earlier meeting with the players, Echesa announced Monday that Simiyu will resume his position as the country prepares to compete at the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the United States, from July 20-22.

"We resolved that Innocent Simiyu to be reinstated as the head coach of the Sevens Shujaa national team. The ministry to work with KRU over the pending payments of players salaries and allowances," Echesa said in a statement.

He said the decision to reinstate Simiyu was made by KRU board under the leadership of vice chairman Thomas Opiyo and the chief executive officer Ronald Bukusi.

Earlier the Kenya Sevens rugby team players had resolved to resume training after meeting Echesa in Nairobi on Monday.
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