The government has dished out Sh 2 billion for the World Youth Under 18s athletics championships slated for next year.
Making the announcement yesterday Sports Cabinet secretary Hassan Wario said they had received the first tranche of Sh700 million which will go into importing equipment and setting up an office for the local organising committee for the event.
He further said he held meetingS with a steering committee composed of former athletes and declared Kenya will be ready for the championship despite the logistical challenges they have faced since winning the bid two years ago.
“We are on course. The ball is in the court for the local organising committee and the nine directorates.
Wario confirmed the appointment of CEO of the World 2017 championships Mwangi Muthee and laid to rest public fears that he is not from the sport. “ Muthee is here with me he has accepted his appointment and is ready to work to see the success of this championship” added Wario
Muthee brushed aside those criticising his appointment.
“I have been given job to do. I am not the appointing authority. Whenever you are given a job you do it to the best of your capabilities, “ he said.
The IAAF are expected to send an inspection team in the next two months to ascertain Kenya’s state of preparednes for the event,
Meanwhile Sheila Chepkirui clocked 35:49.8 to win the 10,000m event as the Kenya Defence Forces championships ended yesterday at the Safaricom, Moi Kasarani stadium. Joycline Jepkosgei came second in 35:53.2 followed by Jemima Jelagat (35:55.20m) and Gladys Chemweno (36:02.2).
Sela Jepleting carried the day in the 800m posting a sluggish 2:02.3 with Winnie Chebet second in 2:02.9 and Reginah Mwangi third in 2:03.4
Nicholas Kiplangat carried the day in the mens race, posting 1:43.32 with Jonathan Kitilit second in 1:43.48 and Olympic Bronze medallist Timothy Kitum f third in 1:44.51.