Kenya to host 2020 IAAF U20 championships

Posted by On 4:03 AM

Kenya to host 2020 IAAF U20 championships

Skip to main content

  • Classic 105
  • East FM
  • Kiss 100
  • Radio Jambo
  • Mpasho
Kenya to host 2020 IAAF U20 championships
Ariel shot of the Kasarani Stadium on July 16, 2017. /FILE
Ariel shot of the Kasarani Stadium on July 16, 2017. /FILE

Kenya is set to host the IAAF World Athletics U20 Championships in 2020.

The International sports body on Thursday said Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council.

The IAAF in a statement said Kenya demonstrated its readiness after successfully hosti ng the U18 edition last year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on his Twitter page thanked the sports body, saying Kenya is ready to charm the World.

“Kenya is the home of Athletics. We appreciate the decision by IAAF to select Nairobi as the host city of the World U20 championships to be held on July 7 -12, 2020. Athletics is our way of life. Magical Kenya is ready to charm the world.” Uhuru tweeted.

The 2017 event which took place in July was praised by the IAAF President Sebastian Coe who termed the competitions impressive and the standards very high.

"The U20 Championships showcases the future of our sport so Kenya, with a young and enthusiastic population and such a rich history in athletics, is a perfect fit for us," Coe said.

"We hope that awarding these championships will further encourage the development of athletics in Kenya and all over Africa, which is such a vibrant part of our international federation."

A total of 131 countries participated in the five-day event which recorded the highest turn out in a youth and junior championship.

Crowds of up to 60,000 attended the U18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, creating an exciting atmosphere for the young athletes who had gathered from around the globe.

Kenya finished fourth having bagged a total of 15 medals; four gold, seven silver and four bronze.

Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia visited the IAAF headquarters in Monaco where he noted that 42 per cent of Kenya’s population was under 15 (only 17 per cent over 50) and sport was a vital component in the country’s development.

"Athletics is a very important part of our life. Everyone loves athletics in Kenya. You saw it during the world under 18 and you will see it again in 2020," he said.

Sports CS Rashid Echesa assured that the ministry would work to make sure proper plans, structures and systems are put in place to ensure the g lobal event runs smoothly and successfully.

“On behalf of Kenyan Government, I assure you that we will ensure that we put our best foot forward and put the necessary plans, systems and structures in place to ensure that the event runs smoothly and successfully. We welcome the World to Kenya," Echesa said.

President of Athletics Kenya Jackson Tuwei said the decision was a great honour to the sports fraternity especially all the heroic athletes.

“It is indeed a great honour to us all, particularly the great athletes who have significantly contributed to the development of world athletics over the years. All are welcomed back to Kenya, the home of heroes."

Read: Security tightened ahead of IAAF opening at Kasarani, 1,000 cops deployed

Also read; Uhuru salutes Kenyan team for bagging 15 medals at IAAF U18 games

Click here for the latest political news

Poll of the day Most Popular 1 Ruto’s new team of key confidants 2 Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday 3 I'm going slow on NYS, Ruaraka to make them watertight, DPP Haji says 4 We made mistakes in fatal transfer of rhinos, conservationists say 5 Raila meets Narok MCAs over Mau 6 Let's join hands to fight corruption, Uhuru urges Kenyans 7 Wakulima market traders to be moved, make way for overpass 8 Drama as short penis claims arise in theft case 9 Msando murder probe stalls as family marks anniversary 10 Drama as cops pursue suspect into swamp Must read Ruto’s new team of key confidants Msando murder probe stalls as family marks anniversary Raila meets Narok MCAs over Mau Ruto’s kitchen cabinet, Chinese hawkers, Msando â€" one year on: Your Breakfast Briefing The quest for a better Nairobi and wh y Sonko believes he is ‘on track’ Hawker menace, traffi c jams top residents’ concerns Latest News Kariobangi sewerage treatment plant closed for rehabilitation Ex-governor Waithaka, two others arraigned over Sh50m graft case Appeal Court validates Obado's election, slaps Ayacko with Sh4.5 million fine We made mistakes in fatal transfer of rhinos, conservationists say Budget cuts for Judiciary is unjustified and attack on Kenyans, CoG says Tobacco control lobby praises court for declining to lift shisha ban Popular in classifieds POPULAR SEARCHES IN THE STAR CLASSIFIEDS
  • County jobs in kenya
  • Sacco Jobs in Kenya
  • Care International Kenya Jobs Vacancy
  • County government jobs in kenya
  • Current Job vacancies in Nairobi
  • Drivers Jobs in Kenya
  • Front office Jobs in Kenya
  • Graphic design Jobs in Kenya
  • Residential houses for sale in Nairobi
  • House for rent in Nairobi
Popular in Latest news Kenyans heap praise to Busia cop feeding street children DPP orders arrest of Nyandarua ex-Governor over illegal Sh50m tender Popular in National news Uhuru set to tour Kisumu as handshake comes full circle Judiciary budget cuts will be reviewed â€" DP Swazuri avoids thorny queries over Ruaraka land Building Bridges team seeks input on tackling graft Popular in Business news Cereals board moving maize from key silos Tullow Oil stops work as Base Titanium halts exploration © 2018 The Star, Kenya. All Rights ReservedSource: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya

« Prev Post
Next Post »