NAIROBI, June 27 - Participants at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi have been assured of full security during the five-day event due to start on July 12.
Joseph Nkaiserry, the Cabinet Secretary of State for Interior and Coordination of National Government, assured the world that all will be well in Nairobi, which will be the 10th edition of the World Under 18 Championships. Up to 130 countries have confirmed participation.
Accompanied by Principal Secretary of State Department for Sports Development, Amb Kirimi P. Kaberia, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Local Organising Committee, Mwangi Muthee, Chairman of the LOC, Lt Gen (RTD) Jackson Tuwei, and other high ranking officials in the LOC, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, and the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Nkaiserry invited the world to Kenya and assured them to expect to enjoy the competition and Kenya's hospitality in a very safe and secure environment.
The delegation toured competition venues at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, and training venues and accommodation hostels at the Kenyatta University.
"I am impressed by the work done so far and I can assure the world that we are ready for the event. We shall have a dry run on Saturday after which we want to hand over the facilities to the LOC," said the CS.
"Over 130 countries can come and feel safe here. We are urging the world to come and enjoy the games," he said.
Amb Kaberia said training facilities will be used by other countries for future competitions, which will make Kenya a sporting destination.
He also said this will be the beginning of transformation of Kenya as a sporting destination for high altitude training and specialized athletics training.
He added that with the construction of other stadia around the country in Embu, Nyeri and Eldoret, Kenya will also be ready to host the African Nations Championships (Chan) in January.
"From now, we shall be ready to host even the African Cup of Nations, the Olympics and even World championships," said Amb Kaberia.
Mr Muthee assured that the remaining work will be completed in time for the event, and added that work schedules have been adjusted to ensure work goes on round the clock.
Let Gen (RTD) Tuwei assured that team Kenya is ready for the event, and even the senior team preparing for the World Championships are also ready. He said only a few have not met conditions like anti-doping matters, but that is because some of them are still competing in Europe in the Diamond League.
Officials said accommodation and other logistical arrangements have been made for the maximum expected to participate at the championships.
mr Muthee added that tickets will be in sale next week at Safaricom shops around the country. He added that students who prove to Green Africa Foundation, who are partnering with the LOC, that they have planted trees would be given free tickets for entry into the stadium.
- LOC Media (www.wu18nairobi2017)