Panic but­ton?

LOC re­mains stuck as fi­nan­cial bot­tle­necks cur­tail op­er­a­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY MUIGAI KIGURU @muigaikig­uru

With 10 months to the 2017 World Un­der-18 IAAF cham­pi­onships, the event’s Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee re­mains stuck as fi­nan­cial bot­tle­necks cur­tail op­er­a­tions.

LOC chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Mwangi Muthee re­vealed that the govern­ment is yet to re­lease the monies for en­sur­ing smooth prepa­ra­tions de­spite the bud­getary re­quests be­ing ap­proved.

“The few hic­cups we are fac­ing are ex­pected,” said Muthee. “But the LOC is on top of pro­ceed­ings and if there is dan­ger, we will raise the red flag and we will be the loud­est peo­ple in an­nounc­ing we are be­ing hin­dered in do­ing what is ex­pected of us.”

How­ever, Muthee ob­served: “There is no rea­son for the LOC to feel the govern­ment is not fully be­hind this project.”

“The govern­ment has pro­ce­dures which at times take long. But we are hope­ful that when ev­ery­thing is in top gear, we are go­ing to re­cover the lost time,” added Muthee.

Among the key ar­eas that need to be worked on are, the lay­ing on new tar­tan tracks on both the main and warm up sta­dia, ship­ping of rel­e­vant equip­ments, erect­ing of ma­jor fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing spon­sor booths, me­dia tribune as well as a fa­cil­ity for field event next to the warm-up sta­dium.

“As LOC, we want to be pro­ce­dural and we there­fore can­not in­vite engi­neers and ar­chi­tects to go ahead with the works with­out get­ting the nec­es­sary ap­provals,” he added. “We are, how­ever, go­ing to ten­der for the works in the next few days. We al­ready have the doc­u­ments in place.”

Mean­while, Ath­let­ics Kenya youth de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­man, Barn­aba Korir, re­vealed that they will be count­ing on the top per­form­ers from this year’s sec­ondary school games for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event.

In ad­di­tion, the com­mit­tee held a tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion camp last month tar­get­ing 130 ath­letes, mainly sprint­ers and field event par­tic­i­pants in Keringet. “We have planned to or­gan­ise train­ing camps for the youths start­ing De­cem­ber and April last year,” said Korir. “This never hap­pened ow­ing to fi­nan­cial chal­lenges. But in Au­gust this year, de­spite the money is­sues, we went ahead and held one at Keringet board­ing School.

“We are hope­ful that we will have sev­eral such camps start­ing in Novem­ber, tar­get­ing eight re­gions in the coun­try,” added Korir.

/ENOS TECHE

IAAF le­gal com­mit­tee Ji­naro Ki­bet with IAAF championship chief ex­ec­u­tive Mwangi Muthee dur­ing the press con­fer­ence.

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