Nairobi to host IAAF World Under-20 Championships
Having successfully hosted the IAAF World Under-18 Championships last July, the IAAF on Friday announced that the council meeting had decided to select Kenya’s Capital City, Nairobi to host the 2020 World Under-20 Championship.
The IAAF was impressed with the atmosphere created at the Under-18 Games where record attendances were exhibited especially on the final day of the championship when the 60,000-seater Kasarani Stadium was full to the brim with tens of thousands locked outside.
"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," the Principal Secretary for Sports, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, said during a recent visit to the IAAF headquarters in Monaco,
IAAF president Sebastian Coe noted the Kenyan Government’s strong support for the Nairobi bid and said it would be an ideal host for the championships.
"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."
Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage, Rashid Echesa said:
"On behalf of the Kenyan Government, I would like to say that we welcome the decision that has been reached by the IAAF top brass to settle on the Republic of Kenya to host the prestigious IAAF World U20 Championships in the year 2020,”
“It is indeed a great honour to be considered and selected to host the event. 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."
The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020.