Kenya in fran­tic prep for world U-18 champs

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - NAIROBI:

Kenya is in the midst of a fran­tic eleventh hour ef­fort to be ready to stage the IAAF World un­der-18 athletics cham­pi­onship next week. No less than 1,400 ath­letes from 130 coun­tries are ex­pected to ar­rive in Nairobi for the four-day com­pe­ti­tion, which is the fi­nal meet of the World U18 com­pe­ti­tion. Yes­ter­day the ath­letes’ vil­lage at Keny­atta Uni­ver­sity was de­clared ready, but the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee ac­knowl­edged a lot of work still needed to be done to com­plete the main com­pe­ti­tion venue, the Moi In­ter­na­tional Sports Cen­tre in Kasarani, Nairobi. “We are un­der­go­ing a big test as the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, and as the peo­ple of Kenya, to make sure we stage the best athletics cham­pi­onships ever,” the World U18 Cham­pi­onship chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mwangi Muthee said. “There is a lot of clean-up work to be done to the run­ning track, which needs to be lane-marked, and the work­ers are busy lay­ing on the tar­tan [all weather sur­face] on the warm-up track. But we hope to be ready when the ath­letes be­gin to have the feel of the sta­dium on Satur­day.”—AFP

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