By Richard Munga
Plans are already underway to lay a Tartan turf at Kasarani Stadium, as preparations for the upcoming IAAF World Under 18 Athletics championship gain momentum ahead of the global event set for 12th – 16th of July in Nairobi.
With less than five months remaining before Kenya hosts this year’s edition of the IAAF World under 18 Athletics championship, the Government, in partnership with the IAAF Local Organizing Committee, led by Mwangi Muthee, have embarked on speeding up the preparations for the event which is set to kick off on the 12th of July – 16th July.
This comes as the LOC recently held a meeting attended by among others; Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security Joseph Nkaissery and Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, to discuss the progress made so far, and matters security.
Despite the LOC coming under criticism for poor preparations, C.E.O Mwangi Muthee has reassured Kenyans that the country is ready to host the event, the same reassurance he gave IAAF officials last week in a meeting held in Monaco to discuss key updates such as the Athletes Village at Kenyatta University and laying the Tartan track.
The event was recently hit by a setback as the United States became the latest country to withdraw its participation for what it termed as security concerns, joining Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and Britain.
It will be the second IAAF competition to be hosted in Kenya after the 2007 world cross country championship held in Mombasa.
IAAF recently announced that this will be the last edition of the World Under 18 championship.