RUSSIAN athletes will be in Nairobi for the IAAF U18 World Championships; that was highlight news on Thursday but Kenya’s Minister in charge of Government Coordination said the country’s focus was to welcome about 130 countries and deliver an event that will be enjoyed by all.
Gen Joseph Nkaisery said he was impressed by preparation work put up by the Local Organising Committee and that they needed to work at “100% capacity for the remaining few days” before the championships at Moi International Sports Centre [MISC], Kasarani in Nairobi’s northern suburbs between July 12 and 16.
“This is the biggest sporting event our country has ever hosted. I thank, you [LOC] because it shows Kenya has people with the brains and work ethic to get things done; that’s a good image about our ability.”
Prof Paul Wainaina (far right), the acting Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University leads inspection of recreation park, accommodation and medical facilities at the Athletes Village on Wednesday accompanied by IAAF World U18 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Mwangi Muthee (second from right) and Gen Joseph Nkaisery (third from right) the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017
On Wednesday, Gen Nkaisery had made a thorough inspection of the Athletes Village at Kenyatta University and then the entire MISC complex including the competition venue and warm-up areas. Frantic was the word as some of the areas sought to catch up with deadlines after either a late start to the works or bottlenecks in the operations.
For instance, even though IAAF partners [track and floor laying Mondo of Spain] will have finished putting up two brand new tartan running tracks at Kasarani, they will are unable to do the same for training at the Athletes Village and early arrivals will have to be transported for track training at Nyayo National Stadium in the middle of Nairobi’s Central Business District.
Gen Joseph Nkaisery, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Interior and Coordination of National Government gives an interview to Kenyatta University’s television station during the inspection of the IAAF World U18 Championships Athletes Village on Wednesday. At right is Prof Paul Wainaina, acting Vice-Chancellor of KU and (second from right), Mwangi Muthee, Chief Executive Officer of the event’s Local Organising Committee. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017
Workers and several platoons of National Youth Service [NYS] men and women started a clean-up exercise, including picking up debris and trash and sprucing up gardens and park areas around the construction areas of Kasarani and Kenyatta University.
Gen Nkaisery said the two venues would be inspected again on Saturday. “We’ll have a dry run on all aspects; the water in the boarding accommodation area must be running, the electricity and facilities in the kitchen and dining hall must be working. And we have only a few days; everywhere must be clean and ready for instant occupation.”
Work complete on well paved roads at Athletes Village, Kenyatta University. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017
The Cabinet Secretary did not spare those involved in the work that had not pulled their weight. “Some departments may have been slow. We are not going to take this lying down. Those who deliberately failed will be dealt with. It is not good enough to stroll in here once in a while, pick up committee allowances and wander off; we shall deal with you …”
There were instances of contractors, suppliers, consultants, LOC Secretariat staff and volunteers not having been paid their dues dating back to over six months. Before ending his inspection, the Cabinet Secretary ordered that the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts [MOSCA] “must pay everybody, to the last cent, by 3pm today [Wednesday]. It is the people’s right to be paid,” he said.
‘The Home of Heroes’ is the Kasarani Stadium in the Moi International Sports Centre, venue of the IAAF World U18 Championships, July 12-16. The inspection team on Wednesday walks through the lush green grass waiting for mowing and use as field throws warm-up area during the games. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017
The ‘Working Party’ …. Gen Joseph Nkaisery (front row, third from left) leads inspection at competition venue, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday. Others (left) Gen Jackson Tuwei, IAAF WU18 Championship Chairman of Local Organising Committee; Mwangi Muthee, LOC Chief Executive Officer (second from right) and Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia (right) Principal Secretary Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017
The host institution of the IAAF World U18 Championships is the Kenya Government through MOSCA but an inter-ministerial mobilasation was done by the Government to assist the LOC including ministries of; Interior and Coordination of National Government; Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development; Water and Irrigation; Energy and Petroleum; Health; Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs; the Office of the President; Treasury.
Gen Nkaisery said everyone involved should ensure they played their part well: “I am here as Interior Minister because security is key to the championships and we are up to the task. We appreciate everybody’s input so far but we cannot be happy until we see the result at the end of the championships. After the closing ceremony we shall sit down and review our performance, only thereafter shall we, maybe, have a cocktail to celebrate”.
‘Hoover cleaning’ the new tartan track at Kasarani on Wednesday before marking lanes in readiness for the competition on July 12-16. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017
Meanwhile with foreign teams expected to start arriving in Nairobi anytime now, the IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed the applications of nine Russian athletes to compete in Nairobi as neutral athletes under Competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.
The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has accepted the applications of the following U18 athletes (incidentally, Sylvia Barlag is one of the IAAF Council members who had earlier led an inspection team to Nairobi).
Identifies with those who work to get competition venues ready … latest, IAAF President Seb Coe (left) at Tokyo’s construction site for National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Lord Coe quipped: ‘As I said to Koji Murofushi [right – Japan’s World and Olympic hammer champion] , if you want a job done ask an athlete… hard hats, high viz, hard core believers. Tokyo taking shape…’
The young Russian athletes for Nairobi are:
- Aksana Gataullina – (pole vault)
- Ekaterina Gorshenina – (race walk)
- Salavat Ilkaev – (race walk)
- Elvira Khasanova – (race walk)
- Sergey Kozhevnikov – (race walk)
- Polina Miller – (sprints)
- Varvara Nasibulina – (sprints)
- Danila Tundykov – (middle distance)
- Valentina Ulyanova – (high jump)
Their participation as neutral athletes in Nairobi is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries. In total this year 22 applications have been approved and 45 have been declined.
“I’d like to thank the members of the Doping Review Board for their continued dedication and diligence in this ongoing review process,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
“This process is about our desire to support the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes – including Russian athletes of all ages – who have been failed by their national system. I am delighted these nine athletes will get a chance to compete as neutral athletes in these championships and we will ensure they have the support network they require to compete to the best of their ability.”
– Additional reporting by Correspondents, Agencies and iaaf.org
Courtesy of http://voiceofsport.net/