Nairobi suffers blow as Tokyo wins bid to host 2025 World Athletics Championships

Kenya’s capital Nairobi lost bid of hosting the World Athletics Championships in 2025 after Tokyo was selected as the host city for the competition.

Japan’s capital held a delayed Olympics last year behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was rubber-stamped at the council’s meeting in Eugene ahead of the start of the 18th edition of the World Championships on Friday, with Tokyo holding off competition from Nairobi, Silesia and Singapore.

World Athletics president Lord Sebastian
Coe said: “Within an extremely strong field of candidates to host the World Athletics Championships 2025, Tokyo offered a compelling bid.

“I hope this will be a shining light for Japan as they celebrate 100 years of the Japanese Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) in 2025, by bringing world-class athletics back to the people in Tokyo.”

Budapest will host the 2023 World Championships, with this year’s event having been pushed back 12 months to accommodate the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Meanwhile, Coe has conceded not all outstanding visa cases will be resolved ahead of this year’s World Championships.

Almost 400 athletes and officials have suffered visa issues to enter the United States before the Championships start in Eugene on Friday.

The Kenyan sprints sensation Ferdinand Omanyala, who has run the third fastest 100m time in the world this year, only had his travel visa approved on Wednesday.

The 26 year old won the African 100m title last month and is due to run in the heats on Friday. He is expected to arrive in Eugene just three hours before his race.

Lord Coe said: “We will work right up to the last minute but will we be able to resolve all those issues in time for the start of competition? No, we won’t be.

“The one thing which is clear to me as we battle to do as much as we possibly can is it is complicated. In relative percentage terms it’s a small number but it’s of no comfort if you are in that category.

Kenya has successfully hosted the World Cross Country Championships in 2007, World Under-18 Championships in 2017, the World Under-20 Championships (2021), Kip Keino Classic World Continental Gold Tour (2020 and 2021) and the World Cross Country Tour (2022).


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