NAIROBI (July 10) – The First Lady, Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, spiced up the countdown for the 10th IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi when she received her accreditation card amid jubilation by other applicants.
The First Lady, who is also the patron of the global championships, was making her routine site visit at the main competition venue at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Monday, only two days after the unfortunate and sudden death of former Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, Gen Joseph Nkaissery, who was driving the inter-ministerial committee for the organisation of the Games.
Kenya’s Sports CS Hassan Wario (L) and Mwangi Muthee Chief Excecutive Officer lead Kenya’s First Lady Mrs Margaret Kenyatta on tour of facilties at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on July 10, 2017.Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN
The First Lady’s entourage, which included the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and The Arts, Dr Hassan Wario, Principal Secretary in his office Amb Kaberia Kirimi and that for Culture, Mr Joe Okudo, toured most of the stadium facilities and stopped to get first-hand information about the operations of the various directorates.
The entourage made a stop at the Media Tribune where they were received by IAAF Media Delegate for the championships, Mr Olaf Brockmann, and Heads of Media at the LOC, Chris Mutungi and Elias Makori, who briefly explained to Her Excellency how the Commentator Information System works.
Head of Media in the Local Organising Committee of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships Elias Makori (right) explains operations of the championships’ Media Centre to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta as Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario (left) and championships’ CEO Mwangi Muthee listen in.Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN
Brockmann gave the Kenyan championships a huge endorsement, telling the First Lady that the event could end up as the best ever held by the IAAF.
About 500 athletes from 70 nations have arrived in Nairobi for the five-day event that starts on Wednesday.
The First Lady then interacted with athletes from Germany and Morocco before entering the accreditation centre inside the Indoor Arena to get her card.
“This is the surest sign that the championships are about to begin,” observed Lodvick Okech, a volunteer.
Most activities were nearing completion and only awaiting the Championships, that will be officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday afternoon.
A new coat of paint, multi-layer security systems, barricading of sections and signage littered the stadium’s periphery and inside.