December 01, 2023

Safaricom Announces KES 66.5 million Sponsorship for World Athletics Under 20 Championships

Safaricom Announces KES 66.5 million Sponsorship for World Athletics Under 20 Championships
Morten Bangsgaard(left) Safaricom Chief Technology Information Officer handover a dummy cheque of Ksh. 66,500,000 to Myke Rabar(right) CEO for World Athletics Under 20. This was held at Wu20 offices in Kasarani stadium Nairobi county. Safaricom comes on board as the connectivity partner with a sponsorship value of KES 66M covering internet access and connectivity to all the paramount equipment and services for the event.

The sponsorship will cater for internet connectivity for the event

Telecommunications giant  Safaricom has today announced a KES 66.5 million sponsorship for the World Athletics Under 20 Championships, scheduled to take place from 17th  to 22nd August at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.

The sponsorship will cater for internet during the entire event including connectivity at the fully kitted media centre and media tribune. The internet access will also extend to the score recorders’ office, event management office as well as Nyayo National stadium which is reserved as the training grounds, Covid-19 testing and accreditation centre for all the athletes.

"We are thrilled to be supporting this unique event which brings together over 1,000 young competitors from around the world and we hope that the Kenyan participants will draw inspiration from the athletes who represented the country at the Olympics. We look forward to an exciting championship and cannot wait to cheer on the upcoming stars as they go beyond and represent their respective nations,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO Safaricom.

Kenya also hosted the 2017 IAAF under 18 championships at the same venue where they finished 4th overall and 2nd in Africa after winning 15 medals including 4 gold medals.

Over 1,000 competitors from 128 countries are expected to compete in the global track and field event which was postponed from 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenya topped the medal standing at the last U20 championship in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and will be out to replicate that performance on home soil.