Kenya on the way to hosting the U20 World Athletics Championships, Sport CS Amina Mohamed says: The standard sport
CS Sports Amina Mohamed plants a tree in Kasarani Stadium after receiving a sponsorship check for Sh100 million from Kenya Commercial Bank. The funds will flow into the World Rally Championship, which will take place in June. April 27, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] April 27, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]
Kenya will be ready by June to host U20 World Athletics Championships from August 17-22 at Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani, Nairobi, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said.
During a tour of the Kasarani facility on Friday, CS Amina said Kenya will run a series of dry runs from mid-June before the World Cup.
“I am pleased with the progress that has made a huge difference since my last tour,” said Amina, pointing out that the media center, secretariat and medal storage areas have all been modernized.
The championship was postponed for a year after the COVID-19 pandemic that affected most sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
CS Amina, accompanied by Mike Rabar, Chairman of the U20 World Board of Nairobi 2021, and Gabriel Komora, Deputy Director General of Sports Kenya, said: “A lot of work has been done to make the competition venue and the athletes’ village possible Kenyatta University will be ready for rehearsals by mid-June. “
“The media stand was renovated, the tartan track was also renovated in collaboration with experts from the World Athletics track.
Sports stadium Moi International Sports Center Kasarani [photo courtesy]
“The general drainage system in the arena is being worked on while the renovation at the Stadion Hotel is almost complete.”
Regarding the preparations at the athletes’ village, the CS said it had scheduled a meeting with management at Kenyatta University next week to review the progress of the work on the accommodations and the warm-up track.
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“The stick glue that was a problem was imported. The tartan track should be ready for laying at Kenyatta University,” she added.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amb.Amina Mohamed (left) with Deputy Director General of Sports Kenya, Gabriel Komora (center), and Mike Rabar (right), Chief Executive Officer of Nairobi’s U20 (right), during a tour of the Kasarani Stadium on Friday, April 30th, 2021. [The Standard Sports]
Kenya has successfully hosted international events such as the World Athletics Continental Tour, Magical Kenya Open and Savannah Classic golf tournaments amid the Covid-19 pandemic and is well on its way to hosting the WRC Safari Rally June 24-27.
Under the direction of the Ministry of Sports with the help of the Ministry of Health, Kenya’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are also underway with some qualified athletes training bladder camps.
Sports CS Amina Mohamed during a tour of the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Friday, April 30, 2021. [The Standard Sports]