Message from Mwangi Muthee Chief Executive Officer of The Local Organising Committee
Friday 30th December 2016
Despite slight delays in our plans to prepare to host the world here in Nairobi, I am happy to announce that everything is now on course for our great nation to stage one of the most important competitions in the calendar of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), that is the World Under-18 Championships.
The IAAF Nairobi 2017 World-18 Championships is the seventh global competition to be staged in Africa, starting with the 1995 World Rugby Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1996 World Cross Country Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, 1998 World Cross Country Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, 1998 World Athletics Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2007 World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya, World Under-18 Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, and 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
Riding on the success of the 2007 World Cross in Mombasa, we are planning a massive party for the youth of the world in Nairobi next July. We have set up a village for the first time for this event, which Kenyatta University has accepted to host. The legacy, both infrastructure and social, that will spill over from this event are monumental, what with the tartan track for Kenyatta University and Kasarani, but excitement sweeping upon the entire nation.
I want to thank our government, especially President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture and other high ranking government officials for giving unwavering support for this event. The trickle down effect on the Local Organising Committee and sub-committees handling various dockets and tasks is evident from the massive work already covered despite teething problems that are being resolved as we move forward.
I am confident that we will pull off a hugely successful event, which will be a source of pride for us all and that will reaffirm our deserved top position on the global sporting pedestal. I want to thank the team that has out up this publication for a well thought-out platform for the LOC to tell the world progress in their various areas. I want to urge LOC directors to take advantage of this platform to ventilate and tell the public progress on their areas.
I will, in coming editions of this publication, explain in greater detail, what areas we have covered and progress made.
I wish all Kenyans and my LOC and sub-committee an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.