WORLD U-18 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS TO GO AHEAD, SAYS KENYAN ORGANIZER

NAIROBI, The chief executive officer of the Local Organizing Committee for the World Under-18 Athletics Championships in Nairobi in July will proceed as normal and the event will not be affected by any lowerinf of standards despite the withdrawal of six major track and field nations, citing security concerns.

Mwangi Muthee told the media here Sunday that security would be beefed up during the World youth event which is expected to attract more than 150 countries. Preparations to stage thge championships are on track and expected to be completed on time.

Six leading athletics powers — the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and Australia — have withdrawn from the championship, citing security concerns.

Meanwhile, delegates from the Communications Department of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have arrived in Nairobi to inspect media facilities for the event.

IAAF Press Delegate Olaf Brockmann and Media Operations Manager Lavinia Maffia assessed the state of host stadium Moi Sports International Centre in Nairobi and visited the Athletes’ Village in Kenyatta University.

Training of officials who will take part in the event will commence Monday at the Moi International complex.

An expected 3,000 athletes and officials are expected for the world youth event.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK