IAAF Technical Delegates Visit to Kasarani
Friday 30th December 2016
OCTOBER 25 (NAIROBI): Just one week after the visit by the Marketing team from IAAF, three top officials of the IAAF technical department started their tour of Nairobi on October 24, 2016. The three – Sylvia Barlag, Jose Luis De Carlos and Head of Competition, Luis Saladie – arrived in Nairobi on Monday October 24 evening. After a night rest at the five-star Safari Park Hotel, the delegates started their work on Tuesday morning at the Kasarani Complex VIP lounge, where the Local Organising Committee assembled.
The meeting started at 9am, with introductory remarks by chairman of LOC, Lt Gen Jackson Tuwei, who welcomed the three delegates then welcomed the LOC Chief Executive Officer, Mwangi Muthee. Muthee raised issues observed by the marketing delegates the previous week and also touched on the matter of the budget, and how the state of the stadium made it necessary to make a few changes on the budget. He assured the delegates that an inter-ministerial committee would look at the budget afresh.
The tight two-day program included physical inspection of facilities and venues at Kasarani and Kenyatta University where the LOC has identified as the Athletes Village. Leading the delegates through the inspection/tour were Mr Muthee and Lt Gen Tuwei and members of the LOC. Among the areas they visited are: warm-up areas (including long throws). They then took a tour of the stadium which included call room, field of play, mixed zone, post-event area and team officials’ access, medal ceremony area, team seats, field event coaches’ seats and technical rooms.
Inside the technical rooms, the team checked photo finish and VDM area, LOC areas, rooms allocated for announcers/video screen operation/event presentation manager. They also inspected the rooms for technical delegates, IAAF Competitions Department Office, IAAF Statisticians’ Office and Data Processing. They then went to the training site at Kenyatta University, where they had lunch then proceeded with the afternoon tours of team hotel and teams’ accreditation centre. Lunch was taken at Kenyatta University Conference Centre, where the acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Paul Wainaina and the university’s top management, made brief speeches welcoming the delegates and pledging that they would do everything to ensure the event succeeds.
The second day is expected to be even more technical, if as meticulous as the first day’s, given this is the most critical aspect of a competition of this magnitude. The delegates and the LOC will discuss the entry standards, time table, which includes start and finish times of sessions and distribution of events per session. Entries, which include preliminary entries, final entries, final confirmation and relay confirmations, are also due for discussion.
Other technical areas include equipment and implements, timing/measurements and result services, officiating, event presentation, race walk events, medal ceremonies, bib and hip numbers, special passes, volunteers and then stadium tour and technical delegates availability. They will also visit the technical information centre inside the stadium and at the Kenyatta University.
Other areas to be discussed include team manual, logistics, teams accreditation, transportation plan and visas and security. The delegates requested for a digital plan of the stadium to enable them measure the dimensions.