The International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) has earmarked Kenya as a potential host for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jackson Tuwei said Kenya is among the six African countries which the world athletics governing body IAAF is considering as one of the potential hosts.
Tuwei said after the IAAF president Sebastian Coe indicated in London that an African country needs to be considered the continental body gave a list of five potential countries to be considered.
He said the IAAF Vice President who is also the Confederation of Africa Athletics Associations (CAA) supremo Kalkaba Malboum gave the names of Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria to the world body as the first step in identifying and opening up the bidding process.
The hosts of the World Athletics Championships have already been selected with Doha, Qatar hosting the next one in 2019 before Eugene, Oregon in the United States of America (USA) in 2021.
Speaking during the 2017 London World Athletics Championships Team Kenya homecoming reception at Weston Hotel, Sports Minister Dr Hassan Wario said the government was positive about the proposal and will consider putting in a bid.
Wario said they were motivated after successfully hosting the IAAF World U18 Athletics championships which ended on July 12 to July 16, 2017.
“We have proved that Kenya has all what it takes to host international events and with the World under 18 championships it has opened a window of opportunities in the hosting of events,” he said.
The minister said Kenya will further bid to host the IAAF 2020 World U20 Athletics Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
He said Kenya will prepare a bid of hosting the event after the Under 20 which will be held in Tampere, Finland in 2019.