Pres­sure mounts

IAAF del­e­ga­tion asks Kenya to speed up preps for 2017 World U-18 show

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

A del­e­ga­tion from the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions has called on Kenya to speed up prepa­ra­tions to­wards the 2017 World Un­der-18 Championships.

The team of five was in the coun­try for a se­ries of meet­ings with the Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee led by Ath­let­ics Kenya chair­man Jack Tuwei and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Mwangi Muthee.

The del­e­ga­tion was led by Emanuele Perotti-Ni­gra, Di­rec­tor of Tech­nol­ogy and In­for­ma­tion at the IAAF, and had mem­bers in Jan Zmek (AMS mar­ket­ing), Ken Brit­land (Seiko), Daniel Hawkes (Canon) and Luca Sper­otti (Delta­tre).

They are in the coun­try to ad­vise the LOC on var­i­ous as­pects of host­ing the event in­clud­ing data han­dling, me­dia/broad­cast rights, tim­ing and mar­ket­ing.

After a tour of the Sa­fari­con Moi Kasarani sta­dium, the host venue, Zmek said: “We are hop­ing to build on the suc­cess of the 2007 World Cross Coun­try Championships held in Mom­basa.”

“How­ever, there is a lot of work to be done based on our as­sess­ment today. We wish to have a full sta­dium and hope there will be pro­mo­tion to achieve this.

We have faith that the event will be held in Kenya. There is enough time if pri­or­ity is given to our event.”

He added: “I am not happy as yet (with the prepa­ra­tions) but I hope it can be done, there is no other way. We must be ready for the more than 160 na­tions.”

Emanuele said: “We are go­ing to seek an­swers on when the de­mands and mile­stones set by the IAAF can be met.”

He added a lot must be done in terms on re­fur­bish­ments at the sta­dium where data fa­cil­i­ties must be in­stalled afresh.

Muthee re­it­er­ated on their com­mit­ment to host a suc­cess­ful event say­ing: “We have guar­an­tees from the high­est of­fice in the land and we must un­der­stand that the govern­ment pro­ce­dures are slow but sure.”

Zmek ob­served that upon ren­o­va­tions, the sta­dium will be handed to the IAAF within seven days to the event, clear of any ad­ver­tis­ing.

He added that after this the IAAF will bring their in­ter­na­tional spon­sors while lo­cal spon­sors will also be given their share of ad­ver­tis­ing space.

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