LOC for 2017 Under-18 World Championships assure of transparency

IAAF head of Events Management, Carlo Daengu (2nd r) listens as LOC technical director, Ibrahim ...
IAAF head of Events Management, Carlo Daengu (2nd r) listens as LOC technical director, Ibrahim Hussein (2nd r) explains during his inspection tour of Safaricom Stadium with LOC boss, Mwangi Muthee (right) . PHOTO/Charity Wanja

The tendering process for suppliers to the 2017 IAAF World Under-18 Championships will be made transparent as organizers were given a clean bill of health by the visiting IAAF Technical Team on Friday.

The delegates expressed their optimism in the progress of Kenya’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the event expected to attract over 160 countries.

Led by Head of Competitions Carlo de Angeli and Head of Event Presentation, Florian Weber the two officials noted LOC has made positive steps towards beating the set April deadline to ensure the chosen venue – Kasarani Stadium – together with warm up areas and the athletes’ accommodation at the Kenyatta University (KU) village meet the required standards.

Speaking during a press conference, LOC CEO Mwangi Muthee assured the IAAF representatives of Kenya’s commitment towards staging a successful competition, stating that they are keen to impress so as to attract future associations from other potential event organizers.

“We’re going to be transparent in the tendering and procurement processes for the tartan track so as to avoid any misuse of public funds. We’ll follow all the set guidelines and ensure that the competition leaves behind a legacy that the both IAAF and the country can be proud of,” Muthee affirmed.

Muthee added that the stadium will soon be closed down to pave way for the uninterrupted renovation saying that they have since been slowed down by other ongoing competitions.

Weber backed LOC to stage a successful event saying that they have the full support of IAAF.

-Report by Viola Ng’etich.

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