Cherono, Birech to sway IAAF for Kenya’s World Youth bid

By evelyn watta
Nov 12, 2021
  • Mercy Cherono is one of the two athletes that have been included in Kenya's World Youth Championships bid team.(Photo:SNA File)

Diamond league winners Jairus Birech and Mercy Cherono will be looking to provide their track magic for Kenya’s 2017 World Youth championships bid when they fly out to Monaco this weekend.

The two runners who have both risen up the ranks after successful junior careers, will be part of Kenya’s bid team of 15 led by the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Art Hassan Wario who will leave the country on Saturday to present their bid on Monday, November 17 to the IAAF council.

“We picked on these two athletes because they present our effective youth programmes as they have come up the youth ranks and are now very successful as senior runners,” said Athletics Kenya, AK Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Isaac Mwangi who remained hopeful that the country could host another major athletics championships 10 years after the World cross country in Mombasa.

Cherono,the reigning Commonwealth Games champion is a former World youth champion(2007) while Birech, the African champion and Club games silver winner, was second in the 2011 Africa Junior.

"I am very pleased to have been appointed as part of the team.I am sure that know that every Kenyan junior athlete would be motivated and inspired if we hosted this event,"said Cherono as she prepared to leave.

Kenya’s bid process has been overshadowed by doping claims involving the top female marathoner Rita Jeptoo, after the Government's last minute financial guarantee that almost jeopardized Kenya’s push.

“Doping cannot weigh us down as the results of Jeptoo’s B sample will not come through until mid December. Besides our record in the youth events speaks for itself we are highly rated second in the world youth championships,”added Mwangi who will be part of the AK team led by the President Isaiah Kiplagat that will be traveling to Monaco.

Nairobi is competing against the American city of Greensboro and possibly Buenos Aires, Argentina though there have been reports that the South American interest had waned off.

The host city for the IAAF World junior Championships 2019 will be decided in Monaco by IAAF Council on Tuesday 18 November 2014, following the final presentations made by the Kenyan and American teams who are bidding.

Nyayo National stadium that hosted the highly successful 2010 African Athletics championships would host the event in 2017 with City Stadium that is meant to get a tartan track serving as the warm up stadium.