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Kenya to bid for 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships

11 March 2014, 10:29

Nairobi - Kenya will bid to stage the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships in Nairobi, the country's athletics body announced on Monday.

Isaiah Kiplagat, President of Athletics Kenya, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the East African nation has the capacity and resources to successfully bid for the championships, to be staged in June 2017.

"At the moment we are not keen to talk about what it will cost to bring the competition to Kenya. The most important thing is that Kenya is ready to bid for this prestigious championship," said Kiplagat.

"We are in the process of putting together a bid paper to IAAF. It is after our request is accepted that we will talk about what is required."

IAAF had announced on March 7 on its website the opening of a new bid processes for several events including the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships, which is eligible for athletes aged 16 and 17 years old.

This is an elementary event for the IAAF, and targets schools children to engage them in the competition just as they are about to complete their formal education.

The deadline for receipt of a Letter of Intent is April 7. The cities will then receive bid documentation by the end of April.

The completed bid application and documentation are to be handed in on September 22.

Presentation of bids to the IAAF Council and the final decision will take place in November 2014.

Speaking in Nairobi, Kiplagat said they are seeking authorization from the government to go for the event.

"I have discussed with President Uhuru Kenyatta about us hosting the event and he is very positive around it. I also want to call upon the private corporates like Safaricom to come on board," added Kiplagat.

Kenya has successfully bid and won to host the 2007 World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa and also the 2010 Senior Africa Athletics Championships.

This gives it an upper hand in terms of equipment and personnel to stage the World Youth event. However, the small matter of altitude, with Nairobi sitting about 5500 meters above sea level, remains a concern.

- Xinhua

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