Kasarani to be opened on Thursday for training

By alex wafula
Jul 02, 2017
  • Mwangi Muthee with Dr. Hassan Wario leads Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Kenyatta University Prof. Paul Wainaina on a tour of Kasarani. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Sprinters who will have arrived in the country by Wednesday will be allowed to use the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani Stadium for training ahead of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships which begins on July 12.

Local Organizing Committee chair Mwangi Muthee says the artificial turf which has already been laid at the stadium will be marked as from Sunday and the stadium will be closed for the next four days.

Field events and long distance athletes will be allowed to train at the training arena which has also been completed, only awaiting the fixing of hammer throw cages.

“We are finalizing on the training track outside the stadium and at the village in Kenyatta University as well so the athletes who will have arrived will have an opportunity to train. Only sprinters will be allowed inside the main arena as from Wednesday,” Muthee said.

A dry run of all the facilities is expected on Monday morning.

On Saturday, a team of high ranking government officials led by Joseph Nkaiserry, Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security and Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary for sports inspected most of the facilities from the village to the stadium.

Nkaiserry was impressed with the work which is progressing fast with only 10 days left before 131 countries descend on the capital.

“The only concern I have is the cleanliness of the places, both the hostels and the stadium. I have left instructions and they have assured that everything will be done when we return on Monday. Contractors are on site and that is something which should be done,” Nkaiserry said after inspecting Kasarani Stadium.

He added; “I want to assure Kenyans and everyone coming for this championship that security will be very tight. The political campaigns going on will not whatsoever interfere and we have enough personnel to ensure security on all fronts.”

Inspection of the village

Nkaiserry and Wario started the day by visiting the proposed athletes’ village in Kenyatta University where they inspected sanitation, kitchen and accommodation facilities before checking out the training facility.

However, the track is yet to be laid but Muthee has assured by Saturday when a bulk of the athletes arrive, it will be done.

“I am satisfied with what I have seen and I expect us to have a very successful championship,” Nkaiserry further stated.

Wario was appreciative of the Local Organizing Committee which he said has worked round the clock to ensure everything runs smooth despite the late start of work.

“We lost some time along the way but now we have caught up. There are a few areas remaining and we should be able to finish up in the coming week. The most important thing for us is to show the whole work that we can hold a big event,” Wario offered.

He added; “As government we have invested a lot. We have worked tirelessly and now we are asking Kenyans to come out and fill this stadium. We have learnt a lot and this experience will be taken into the future and the future is for Kenya to hold the World Championships and bigger things,” Wario said.

The under-18 championship which will be on its final edition will be the second biggest event Kenya will be hosting after the 1987 All Africa Games which necessitated the construction of the Kasarani Stadium.

Muthee insists they have put everything within themselves for a successful event which will be etched forever in the memory of Kenyans. He has also hinted that the athletes’ village will be turned into a high performance training centre with the help of IAAF.

Meanwhile, Athletics Kenya says they have trained over 40 former athletes who will officiate the games which start on July 12.