Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero on Thursday made an extensive tour of the facilities that will host the World Under-18 Championships planned for July 12-16 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Kidero, who was accompanied by a high-profiled delegation from his government including his deputy Jonathan Mueke was taken through the tour by the World Under-18 Chief Executive Officer Mwangi Muthee.
The tour that took an estimated four hours started at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani where Kidero and his team inspected the main competition arena and the warm up track.
Then the Governor moved to Kenyatta University where the Athletes Village will be situated. They took time to oversee the ongoing construction and refurbishment of the hostels, kitchen and training track.
Addressing the media after the tour, Kidero promised the Local Organising Committee support adding that his government will ensure that all the major infrastructure will be improved before the championships.
Kidero said a joint stakeholders meeting will be held on Thursday next week to assess requirements and needs at all venues and places where the event will be hosted. Kidero said the meeting will be crucial so as to institute good planning as well as avoid any duplication of work that could lead to unnecessary delays.
The meeting will include top officials from Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya Highway Authority (KenHa), Kenyatta University, Ministry of Energy and Sports, Culture and the Arts and Kenya Power and Lighting Company.
“Already, I have talked to KenHa and we shall have designated lanes for the championships starting from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Kasarani and Kenyatta University,” said Kidero.
Kidero disclosed that several local artists will also be involved to promote the event before and after wit musical performances. “I am satisfied with the level of preparedness and I should thank LOC for the good work they are doing,” said Kidero adding that the idea to have a village was wise since security will be at top notch with the athletes and officials residing at one place.
“This will definitely be a platform to showcase Kenya’s capacity to host big events and the success of the championships will unlock not only Nairobi City’s potential but also the country,” said Kidero. “I am told that is why the IAAF has earmarked Kenyatta University for a high performance training centre after the event.”
Muthee thanked Nairobi County Government for hearing their call to consider the dedicated traffic lane which will be used by visiting delegations to ensure traffic flow from the airport to the competition venues, media and athletes’ villages.
“I am happy the Nairobi County Government has come in a full force to support the event,” said Muthee.