Busia was among 17 counties out of 37 that won at least one title as the curtain for the 7th edition of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA)Games came down in Kericho on Saturday.
Busia which had entered teams in eight disciplines shrugged off stiff challenge to retain the Scrabble title they won in Kisii last year; they need to win next year to retain the trophy for good.
The border town featured in Ajua, scrabble netball, soccer men, volleyball men and women, choir and dance.
Nairobi emerged dominant winners with six titles to their credit including Ajua, netball, darts, badminton, set pieces and basketball women.
Uasin Gishu lifted three titles including volleyball men and women, and athletics. Kakamega (football_ Samburu (pool table), Laikipia (tug-of-war men), Kisii (tug-of-war women), Mombasa (draughts), Kiambu (table tennis), Busia (Scrabble), Siaya (Chess), Nandi (Golf), Narok (Folksong), Meru (Cultural Dance), Bungoma (borrowed), Nyeri (Squash) and Nakuru (basketball) won at least one title.
With the curtain falling on this year’s games, the focus now turns to the potential hosts for the 8thedition in 2020. Kakamega and Busia have placed their bids to host the games and it remains to be seen who carries the day.
Kakamega could be having a modern stadium compared to Busia, but the border county leads the region with abundant accommodation; its strategic location as the gateway to East and Central Africa is another added advantage.
During the 2018 devolution conference in Kakamega, accommodation became a major challenge with delegates forced to seek accommodation in other counties including Kisumu, Bungoma and Busia.
The Council of Governors is also pushing for the games to be held in December or April from the traditional Month of April to cushion against financial constraints.