Kenya will bid to host the IAAF 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The Principle Secretary for Sports Development Peter Kaberia said they were motivated after successfully hosting the IAAF World under Athletics championships which ended on July 16, 2017.
“We have proved that Kenya has all what it takes to host an international events and with the World under 18 championships it has opened a window of opportunities in the hosting of events,” he said.
He said Kenya will prepare a bid of hosting the event after the Under 20 which will be held in Tampere, Finland in 2019.
Kaberia said after this youth athletics championships they were now shifting their focus on the hosting of the Africa Nations Cup (CHAN) to be hosted in the country early next year.
He said the World Under 18 Local Organising Committee (LOC) is expected to move out of Moi, Kasarani within the next 48 hours to pave way for the Chan organisers to pitch tent at the venue.
The PS said given the refurbishment of the Moi, Kasarani Complex for the championships the Sports ministry will relocate from its Kencom headquarters in the City Centre and NSSF building offices to be accommodated in the stadium.
“As a ministry we would like to be accommodated in the stadium so that we can oversee the facility’s operations and maintance and also preserve the stadium’s legacy,” he said.
The World Under 18 LOC chief executive Mwangi Muthee said that he was elated that Kenya managed to host a successful world event.
He said that with this development, Kenya was ready to host a leg of the IAAF Diamond League and IAAF World Athletics championships 2023 event after the one which will be hosted in Eugene, Oregon in the United States of America (USA).