The World Athletics together with the Government of Kenya and Athletics Kenya have postponed the World Athletics Under-20 Championships Nairobi 2020.
The event was scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya from July 7th -12th has been postponed due to the ongoing challenges posed by the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) internationally.
The World Athletics through a statement said that the current global situation would seriously compromise the event at this time as many countries are restricting international travel, invoking necessary quarantines and advising citizens and event organisers to avoid mass gatherings.
“We had to consider the health and well-being of athletes, officials and spectators in making this call,” said World Athletics.
“We recognize the immense preparations that have gone into the event and wanted to give certainty to the athletes as early as possible as we collectively come to terms with the global impact and threats associated with COVID-19.”
The advice from the World Athletics medical team, who are in contact with the World Health Organisation is that the spread of the novel Coronavirus is at a concerning level in many countries and all major gatherings should be reviewed without delay.
“We are working together to identify a mutually appropriate alternative date convenient for the Government of Kenya and elite competitors,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amb Amina Mohamed has welcomed the decision of the Government of Japan and the International Olympic Committee to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics to 2021.
“The Government of Kenya understands that this decision was in no way easy and that it was taken into consideration the highest regard for the values and ideals of Olympism, the welfare of current or aspiring Olympians and the well-being of the human race,” said Amina.
“Multi-Agency Olympic and Paralympic Steering and Central Management Committees led by the National Olympics Committee and the National Paralympics Committee will continue with preparations in keeping with the Government’s safety directives,” Sports CS Amina said.