LOC for Nairobi 2017 U18 moots re-laying Kasarani tartan


An athlete competes in the red Safaricom Stadium tartan. The LOC of the Nairobi 2017 IAAF ...
An athlete competes in the red Safaricom Stadium tartan. The LOC of the Nairobi 2017 IAAF World Under 18 Championships is considering re-laying the track. PHOTO/www.sportpicha.com

A technical team from world governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will be in Kenya on October 16 to inspect the state of the tartan track at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani as preparations for Nairobi 2017 World Under-18 Championships gather momentum.

The officials will also tour the designated Athletes’ Village at Kenyatta University for a second time in two months with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the event considering re-laying the running surface at the country’s biggest sporting facility for the biennial track and field showpiece.

“We have a received positive feedback in regard to the first inspection conducted in the country which was headed by IAAF head of Event Operations, Carlo Deangu.

“We are within schedule and are already planning on installing a brand new tartan track. We have the technicians from Spain that will lead a guild of engineers; all of whom with the support of technical committee will ensure that we have a world class facility,” LOC CEO, Mwangi Muthee assured on Tuesday during a press briefing held at Kasarani.

He added that Kenyatta University together with LOC’s Steering Committee are set to launch the Village at the institution in a function that will be presided over by event patron, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

LOC were given the go-ahead by the Government to start tendering for the renovations of the training and warm-up venues as well as other infrastructure for the event.

“We’re talking about inviting youth from over 160 countries next year. Considering the age group, we expect a lot of visitors since they will be accompanied by their parents and closely monitored by their governments.

“It’s a big opportunity to brand ourselves and our country so we want to ensure everything is in place at the right time. We’re putting our best foot forward in order to repair some of the damage that has already been inflicted upon us,” the former Kenya Rugby Union boss added.

LOC Chair, Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, stressed the importance of keeping the public in the know saying organisers are setting up a new website for the sole purpose of publishing fresh information along with conducting weekly press briefings.

“Kenyans need to know what exactly is happening and how much progress we’re making.  We have already identified all the requirements and what is only left to do is to implement the plans we’ve set,” the Athletics Kenya boss told Citizen Digital.

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