NAIROBI, February 18 – Kenya will continue with plans to host the 2017 IAAF World U-18 Athletics Championships despite concerns from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) about the country’s compliance with its code.
This was announced on Thursday by the championship’s Local Organising Committee chairman Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei who said Kenya has been given a two month extension to comply with WADA.
“The Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has made some good progress in our aim to comply with the WADA regulations so there is no worry of the championship being stopped. I’m confident we will host the event without any problems.
“We are working very closely with ADAK and the Ministry of Sports to ensure we meet the deadline,” The Athletics Kenya President announced.
With 2017 being Kenya’s election year, Tuwei disclosed that the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani will be an ideal venue and that all participants from 150 countries expected will be adequately protected.
“Before you go to a new stadium, you must give IAAF the technical data of which we have done. We have a technical book that shows everything that is required indicating where we want to renovate. The document has already been forwarded to IAAF.
“The fact that the championships will be held a month after the 2017 elections should not be a worry because we have what it takes to host the competition.
“Sports Kenya and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have identified the areas to renovate where our main concern will be the actual competition requirement like the track and equipment for the U-18s and offices,” Tuwei said when he officially launched the secretariat.
The venue was moved from Nyayo National Stadium after the LOC found it unfit to host the event.
The LOC chair added that athletes will be accommodated at Kenyatta University and in hotels around the Kasarani complex.
To meet the requirements of the IAAF, the LOC has been given a budgetary of Sh2 billion which was presented to Kenya’s Cabinet on Thursday.
The championships will be hosted in Nairobi from July 11 to 16, 2017 with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation serving as the host broadcaster.