Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Sports Heritage and Culture, speaks during the commissioning of the Mamboleo Exhibition Grounds in Kisumu at the Jomo Kenyata International Stadium on June 24, 2020. (Collins Oduor, standard)
Only 156 days away, preparations for the U20 World Athletics Championships are picking up speed
Kenya is aiming to host at least 100 countries in the World Cup under 20 championships, scheduled to take place August 17-22 at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani, in order to expedite preparations for the competition.
The countdown continues, with only 156 left for the global event originally planned for last year before it was postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 crisis.
During a press conference from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, the event’s steering and organizing committee assured that Kenya is on track to host a successful event in August.
The government also chaired the local organizing committee for the 2021 U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi to ensure renovations at Kenyatta University’s designated athletes’ village are complete.
The government said the synthetic lane to be laid at the university in 2017 should be before the end of April this year.
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The relocation of the synthetic track at Kenyatta University was part of the legacy programs for the 2017 U18 World Cup, but procurement of the tartan was delayed.
But even after the plastic splint arrived, the Mondo athletics engineers who were supposed to be laying it had already returned to Spain, which made it impossible because the adhesive to be used had already expired.
“Reports from World Athletics confirmed that the Kip Keino Classic attracted the most diverse field of athletes with 30 nations represented and was undoubtedly the most successful compared to all athletic competitions held during the coronavirus-ridden 2020 Continental Tour season,” said Amina Mohammed, said CS Sports in a speech read on their behalf by the Department of Sports, Culture and Heritage Chief Administrative Secretary Simon Kachapin.
“Kenya has shown the world that we are able to bring the strict Covid-19 competition protocols to the point in order to win the trust of top international athletes and officials. Likewise, we will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, media and fans at the U20 World Athletics Championships. ”
Amina also urged AK to adequately prepare Team Kenya for participation in the competition in August.
“As a ministry, we will not save resources to ensure that our athletes are well represented,” the letter said.
“Together with high-ranking officials from the Ministry, I will visit the various training camps to assess our readiness and offer the necessary financial and material support. Our great athletes have made a significant contribution to the development of athletics and have shown themselves to be selfless ambassadors of our country abroad. ”
From the left; Kack Administrative Secretary Sport Gender and Social Services, Zack Kinuthia his fellow sportsman Simon Kachapin, President Athletics Kenya General Jack Tuwei and CEO World Under 20 Mike Rabar during a media breakfast at the Serena Hotel on March 15, 2021. [Samson Wire, Standard]
Amina, who hosted a successful Kip Keino leg of the first Classic Continental Tour last year amid the pandemic, is confident that Kenya will pull out all the stops to deliver another world-class event.
“We would like to build on our success in organizing the Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour, which attracted the most diverse field of athletes with 30 nations represented. We have shown the world that we are capable of implementing the strict Covid-19 competition protocols for the latter and we will stop at nothing to ensure we deliver a successful U20 world, “said Amina.
Also attending the press conference were Joe Okudo, Chief Secretary of State Department of Sport, Zach Kinuthia, Josephta Mukobe, PS State Department of Culture and Heritage, Zach Kinuthia (CAS of Sport, Culture and Heritage), members of the World Athletics Steering Committee for the U20 Championship, Lieutenant General (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, Chairman of the U20 World Championship in Athletics, Mike Rabar, CEO of the U20 World Championship in Athletics and members of the U20 World Championship Organizing Committee.