Mr. Jean-Francois Pontier, Team Manager for Long Distance (marathon, cross country, mountain racing, 50km road walking) for the French Athletics Federation (FFA)
Monday 27th March 2017
Jean-Francois Pontier, Team manager for long distance (marathon, cross country, mountain racing, 50km road walking) for the French Athletics Federation (FFA) has confirmed his country’s participation in the World Under 18 Championships I Nairobi (July 12-16 2017). Pontier, who has been in Nairobi for the past week, has been touring facilities at Kasarani and Athletes Village at Kenyatta University, and confirmed that they are world class facilities “quite conducive for the teams and youths coming for the event.Very nice facilities are here, especially distances between competition and warm up areas and even the athletes village. It is like Olympics,” he said.
“I can see that work is going on very well, and I hope everything will be in place by May,” he said. “I think it will be a very nice championships. Accommodation in Kenyatta University is very nice. The single rooms are just like Olympic Games. Youth must learn what is important at such competitions,” he said.
Mr Pontier said they will select a strong team for the Nairobi event. They will select between 30 and 40 athletes and another 10 officials, who will include medical and media personnel, trainers and others. Mr Pontier is a retired athlete, who ran 3:33 in 1,500m in 1982.
From Nairobi, he proceeded to Iten to meet two French athletes training there for the London Marathon and Paris Marathon, all due to be held next month.
Bob Tahri will be running at the London Marathon on April 23 and Jean Habarurema at the Paris Marathon on April 9.
From Iten, he will travel to Kampala for the World Cross Country Championships, to be held on March 26.