High expectations of the Kenyan tables competing to host the World Athletics Championships in 2025: The standard sport
King Kyree of the USA (left), Ferdinand Omanyala (center) and Trayvon Brommel of the USA fight in the 100 meter final during the Kip Keino Classic-World Athletics Continental Tour 2021 at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, on September 18, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]
Kenya could be the first country in Africa to host the World Athletics Championships in 2025.
This is only the case if the bid that Athletics Kenya (AK) placed before World Athletics (WA) is sailed.
The continent has not hosted the event since it was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 1983.
Yesterday, the sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed confirmed that the offer was submitted on Friday.
She said, “Yes, I can confirm that we have submitted Kenya’s application for the championship. It’s a good offer. “
The application, which was prepared jointly by the AK and the government for the event in the Kasarani Stadium, will take place after the successful hosting of the U18 and U20 World Athletics Championships in 2017 and this year.
Kenya meets Japan, the world’s third largest economy, which has also successfully hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games amid the biting Covid-19 pandemic.
Morocco and South Africa are the other African countries showing interest, but Kenya will hope to keep its upward trend in hosting world class events like the famous Safari Rally on the World Rally Championship calendar, golf events like the Magical Kenya Open and Savannah Classic as part of the European Tour.
Amina first announced the country’s bid for the 2025 World Championships in Doha in September 2019 after WA announced that the event would take place alternately on all continents.
AK President Jack Tuwei said WA had confirmed it had received the offer.
“We are happy to submit the offer. It’s a good deal; We have government guarantees and we have brought everyone on board. We are confident that we have made a good offer.
“The fact that we have the support of the President and the entire government will no doubt push us to take the sport to another level.
“By successfully holding the U18 and U20 World Cup in 2017, we have shown the world that we can also host a successful senior event. World Athletics President Sebastian Coe took part in the two events and praised our good organization, ”he said.
Aerial view of the Kasarani Stadium [photo courtesy]
“Without the support of the government, we would not have been able to get the offer document and we are very grateful for that.”
Tuwei believes Kenya’s experience in hosting both the U20 World Athletics Championships earlier this year and the U18 version in 2017 cuts a fine figure. “We learned a lot from these two events and I think we are ready now,” he said.
Kenya has a rich history in medium and long distance athletics.