Kenya's Youth Games bid in jeopardy
09 October 2014, 16:36
Nairobi - Kenya's bid to host the 2017 World Youth Championships is in jeopardy
after officials failed to obtain the required financial guarantee from
Athletics Kenya (AK) released a statement in which it confirmed the
current statement although, but Bid Committee Chairman Jack Tuwei and AK
CEO Isaac Mwangi would not give any further comment on this issue.
The deadline for the bid submission, which should include the guarantee, is October 31.
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President
Lamine Diack had written to the country's affiliate demanding the
submission of the Event Organization Agreement (EOA) as well as the
financial guarantees from the Government.
"The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has
confirmed receipt of Kenya's intent to host the IAAF World Youth
Championships in 201," Diack said.
Kenya was able to meet the submission deadline for the bid on 25th
September 2014, which marked the second stage of the bidding process for
the world event.
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"Kenya did not however, meet the deadline for the submission of the
Event Organization Agreement (EOA) as well as the financial guarantees
from the Government.
"This is a requirement and may jeopardise the country’s position, as
they are in competition with other countries," said a statement sent
from Athletics Kenya CEO’s office.
"Upon request from Athletics Kenya, the IAAF has given country the
final deadline for submission of the EOA and the financial guarantees of
October 31, 2014.
"Should Kenya meet this deadline then they will be invited to make
the final presentation and defence of the bid, which will take place on
November 18th at the IAAF headquarters in Monaco," said the statement.
Kenya faces a stiff challenge from Western countries with the USA and
Argentina also throwing in their hat bidding for the hosting rights.
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