Security beefed up at Kasarani ahead of WU20


Security beefed up at Kasarani ahead of WU20
Sports CS Amina Mohammed and PS Joe Okudo lead WU20 LOC members being taken through a walkabout at Kasarani by sports Kenya DG pius Metto

In Summary

  • Security has been beefed up at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and its environs ahead of the World Under-20 Championships set to start on Wednesday this week.
  • Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai said security is paramount and a large number of officers have been deployed in the stadium and the surroundings to ensure law and order.

Security has been beefed up at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and its environs ahead of the World Under-20 Championships set to start on Wednesday this week.

Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai said security is paramount and a large number of officers have been deployed in the stadium and the surroundings to ensure law and order.

“We have deployed a good number of officers from all sectors because we are hosting a world event and we want an incident-free event. That is why we have mobilized a whole team to make sure all is well,” said Mutyambai.

Without revealing the numbers of his personnel in what he said was a security matter, Mutyambai said the number of officers at the stadium was similar to the ones who provided the same services during the World Under-18 Championships in 2017.

Mutyambai was speaking after meeting police commanders at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.

“We don’t have the exact number of officers but it is similar to those deployed during the World Under-18 Championships in 2017. For every five people, you will see, four will be police officers,” he added.

Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo said Team Kenya, 46 in number, will be given more support as they transit to the senior level and focus on 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“We have realized there is a gap in talent and we have held talks with Athletics Kenya on the need to support the current team as we prepare ourselves for the next Olympic Games in Paris.

“We will adopt the current team and we will be always there for them until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games,” said Okudo.

He said up to 118 teams are expected for the global event adding that they have all been accommodated in various hotels.

“We are happy teams have arrived and we have managed to transfer them from the airport to their respective hotels smoothly,” he said.

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