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IAAF Head of Event Operations, Carlo De Angeli Comes Calling

Mwangi Muthee the World Under-18 Athletics Championship Local Organizing Committee Chief Executive Office and Ibrahim Hussein technical lead IAAF Director of Operations Carlo De Angeli in tour of training grounds at Kenyatta University on June 13, 2016

 Friday 30th December 2016

Mr Carlo De Angeli, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Head of Event Operations, became the first high-profile delegate from the world athletics body to visit Nairobi to get first-hand information on preparations for the 2017 World Under-18 Championships which will be held in the Kenyan capital on July 12-16, 2017.

Mr De Angeli, who visited Nairobi on June 13, was conducted through a tour of the venues by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO, Mr Mwangi Muthee, and other technical officials like Ibrahim Hussein, who heads the Technical Committee on the LOC. The delegate attended an LOC meeting inside the Kasarani VIP Boardroom before addressing a well-attended Media Conference. He was then taken to other venues earmarked to host athletes and delegates during the global championships.

Mwangi Muthee the World Under-18 Athletics Championship Local Organizing Committee Chief Executive Office and Ibrahim Hussein Technical Lead, IAAF Director of Operations Carlo De Angeli in tour of Kasarani –Competitions Venue

Mwangi Muthee the World Under-18 Athletics Championship Local Organizing Committee Chief Executive Office and Ibrahim Hussein technical lead  IAAF Director of Operations Carlo De Angeli in tour of Kasarani –Competitions VenueMwangi Muthee the World Under-18 Athletics Championship Local Organizing Committee Chief Executive Office and Ibrahim Hussein technical lead  IAAF Director of Operations Carlo De Angeli in tour of Kasarani –Competitions Venue

Mr De Angeli said he was happy to be in Kenya, recalling that he was last in Kenya for the 2007 World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, when he witnessed the enthusiasm by Kenyans for athletics, saying athletics is a sport Kenya has given a lot to. “We heard that there were a few challenges after the event was awarded to Kenya, in the federation and during the formation of the LOC. I am happy to be here on behalf of IAAF to find out how the LOC is progressing, to see what has been put in place, and I have heard a very comprehensive progress this morning.

“I am here to visit venues. We visited Nyayo National Stadium and, of course, Kasarani, which may be a bit larger than what we would have liked, but it has good facilities, warm-up area and other infrastructure. We will visit other venues, too, because, for an event that will be attended by 160 countries, it is key to us to know where the IAAF family will stay, media, technical partners who will help us deliver the event, and everybody else. I have noted that the LOC structure is in place and setting up how departments should be. I have heard and seen about progress they are making,” he said.