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Kenya Prepares To Host IAAF U-18 World Championships

Just three days to go until the very last edition of the IAAF World Under-18 World Championships in Nairobi.

Organizers continue to race against time to have the Moi Sports Center Kasarani ready for the event.  Teams continued to arrive into the Kenyan capital as early arrivals Poland, Algeria, Bahamas, Jamaica, Morocco got a taste of the newly-laid tartan track on Saturday.  Eight teams have arrived so far.

Kenya has selected a team of 64 athletes as the country aims to recapture the success of the 1999 and 2009 events, where the East African country topped the medals table.

This year’s tournament runs from the 12th to 16th July with 131 countries competing.

The Under-18 Championship marks Kenya’s first global track and field event as the IAAF now shifts focus toward regional and continental competitions.

The first of the close to 3,000 athletes and officials from 131 countries have started flocking to Nairobi for the event that would be the last youth championships of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) calendar.

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Close to KSh2.5 billion (approx. $20m) has been spent by the government to prepare for the event, key among the projects being the refurbishment of the 60,000-seater stadium.

Kenyatta University will be The Athletes Village and has won accolades from IAAF and officials of many participating countries. The university has also been earmarked by the IAAF to be a Regional High Performance Centre.

“The transformation at the university is part of the championship’s legacy. The challenge will be what next after the event,” a local organising committee boss Mwangi Muthee said.

“It will be important if IAAF elevates the institution to a High Performance Centre.”

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