LOC budget now stands at IAAF U-18 championships

By ronnie evans
Oct 13, 2021
  • Mwangi Muthee(center)the CEO of the World U18 championships. (Photo: SNA File)

The 2017 IAAF World U-18 Championships local organization has budgeted Ksh. 1.18 billion shillings for the week long event that is running way behind schedule.

There is growing concern locally and even at the world sports governing body IAAF that Kenya might not be ready in time to host, but the organizers are optimistic that Kenya will successfully host the Track and field event.

The championships is scheduled for 12- 16 July, 2017.

“Yes we are running behind in terms of our timelines. Every department we have is active and working round the clock. I have no doubt that we will pull it off because we have support from the highest levels of government,” said Mwangi Muthee the CEO of the local organizing committee.

Muthee gave a breakdown of the costing most of which will be channeled towards reconstructing the athletes village and renovate the championships venue.

430 million will go towards renovating the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani, including laying a new tartan track, changing rooms.

The warm up area also requires a new track. “We need a brand new track and initially we did not have a budget for it. We are expecting about 160 countries so it is plus for building brand Kenya,” Muthee said on Thursday.

The remaining Ksh. 750 million will be used to reconstruct the athletes’ village at the Kenyatta University. At KU, the rooms will be renovated and a training track set up to transform it into a high performance centre.

IAAF also intends to run seminars that will run concurrently with the championships targeting athletes and coaches. Acting Vice Chancellor, KU Professor Paul Wainaina said, “We know that it will be a daunting task and we are equal to the challenge. The work to renovate has already started. We are going to work together with the LOC to ensure that the grounds and rooms are up to standards.”

Principal Secretary of Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts Richard Ekai urged all the stakeholders to work together and is confident that the championships will be a success given that the government has cumulatively pumped in about Ksh. 2 billion.

A team of IAAF officials and experts are expected in the country in November to inspect the progress made by the LOC.