NAIROBI,
Kenya
The
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the World Under-20 Championships slated for July 7-12 has been
given a nod by the World Athletics delegation that was in the country to inspect the facilities. 

The 19-man delegation
toured the country last week from
February 11-13 
to scrutinize the championship venues,
hotels, technical suppliers, media and broadcast, as well as athletes Village
at Kenyatta University.

The committee
said they are happy with the milestones achieved so far and are looking forward to the global
showpiece.

“We achieved all our objectives. It was really fantastic and
a lot of things have been done.

Coming
together as a team was really important and we can now look forward to a great
event. It’s good that we are all reading from the same page with the event only
four months away,” said
James Lord, director of broadcasting at World Athletics.

While closing the consultative sessions between the World
Athletics team and the Organizing Committee, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina
Mohammed assured the World Athletics delegation that Kenya will be ready to
host the World U-20 Championships.

“There should be no cause for alarm on the areas that we
seem to be lagging behind. We reworked the Nyayo Stadium in seven days in
preparation for the late President Moi’s funeral service and this is a
testament to what we are capable of despite limited time,” the CS assured.

The CS said the steering committee is action-oriented and
they are currently sorting issues as they arise. She said they have already
released funds towards the Moi Stadium, Kasarani renovations and works will
start in due course.

She was
accompanied by the PS Joe Okudo
and CAS Noor Hassan Noor, and they
further
said they have instructions to have the stadium ready and in
time for the Championships.

And in a new development, World Athletics has announced that
the Under 20 show will be available free of charge on YouTube as they seek to
reach out to a wider audience around the continent.

“We want to make sure that everyone across the continent
watches the event. We will have a free to air deal in Kenya and Africa as a
whole.

We
hope to stream live not just the races, but also feature highlights and interviews
from the event. We will ensure everyone interested in watching the event gets
the access. We promise it is going to be spectacular,” James Lord added.

Already, teams like Germany have already sent a delegation
to look at the facilities.

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