Sports Kenya has disclosed that Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani is fully in good shape to host the 18th edition of the World Under-20 Championships set to take place in August 17-22.
Kenya successfully hosted the World U18 championship in 2017 at the same venue and is expected to replicate the same show with Director General of Sports Kenya Pius Metto saying the facility has been certified under class one category by World Athletics.
“The facility has been put to world standards. We have had World Athletics (representatives) coming in to check. The facility is certified class one category. The warm-up area (Kasarani Annex) and Nyayo Stadium have been categorized as class two and ready to accommodate this event.We will ensure that the participants will enjoy their stay in Kenya and in this facility,” the DG said.
Due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country,spectators will be barred from accessing the arena during the five-day event which will attract international interest due to level of competition expected.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo said in a statement sent to media houses that sports guidelines and Ministry of Health protocols requires that only athletes, officials, technical teams and the Local Organising Committee members be allowed into the stadium during the championships.
“Since no fan will allowed to enter the stadium, we are asking Kenyans to follow the championships and cheer the national team which will be aired live.On behalf of the entire ministry, I wish our Under-20 Kenyan team success in the events they are participating in,” noted Okudo.
The championships will see 156 nations participating in 44 events. In addition teams from Authorised Neutral Athletes and Athlete Refugee will participate. In total, 1,462 athletes are expected to compete.
Kenya will be seeking to clinch their fifth overall title.
The last edition, held in Tampere, Finland saw Team Kenya bag 11 medals (six gold, four silver and one bronze) for the overall title.