Several sporting events, including the planned Harambee Stars trip to Comoros, could be affected if the Kenyan government warning against “non-essential travel” to countries experiencing the outbreak of Coronavirus doesn’t change by the end of the month.

Kenya is yet to report any case of the virus that has so far claimed over 2,800 lives worldwide, but the East Africa nation is not taking chances with the health of its citizens.

Harambee Stars, the country’s men’s national football team is set to host Comoros on March 25 for the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Stars will then travel away for the return leg in March 29. But this trip to Comoros might not materialize if the travel warning by the Kenyan government will be effected. 

“All sports organizations preparing teams for various events to take this advice into consideration. Sports organizations and other stakeholders preparing teams travelling out of the country are advised to consult this the Interior ministry, Ministry of Health and host countries regarding the health situation prior to making travel arrangements,” the Kenyan government said in a press statement.

The women’s football team-Haranbee Starlets are also preparing for an invitational tournament in Turkey and it’s not yet clear whether the trip, or the event, will take place as the virus sends shock waves through sporting world.

There is no reported case of coronavirus so far in Turkey though the deadly virus has been reported in the neighboring Iran.

If the virus continues to spread, especially in Africa, then the Kenyan government warns that it will be reluctant to fund teams that are planning to travel outside the country during the period.

It is not yet clear how long it will take to contain the virus that now threatens to infect about 60 per cent of the world’s population, according to a Hong Kong University Professor as quoted by the Metro UK.

“Against this background the Ministry will cautiously support international events in the best interest of the athletes and the Country at large,” added the statement by the Kenyan government.

Coronavirus has had grave effects on the global sporting calendar. So far several international events and leagues have been put in hold as the world work round the clock to contain the scourge.

The spread of the virus is now threatening the 2020 Olympics to be staged in Japan and the Summer Games could be called off if the pandemic continues beyond May.

Other sporting events that has been affected by the epidemic, so far, include the two legs of the HSBC World Rugby Series, the Japanese, Chinese and South Korean  football leagues, and some matches in the Italian Serie A.

Others are the World Athletics Indoor Championships that were scheduled for between March 13-15 in Nanjing. The event has been pushed back until 2021.