Kenya has submitted her bid to host the 2025 World Championships. Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said that they have submitted the bid and he is very confident of a positive response.
Kenya has hosted both the World U18 and World U20 championships in the last four years, but faces a string of high-profile rivals — including Tokyo, which staged the Summer Olympics in July.
“We formally confirmed our bid to host the global championships on Friday, Oct. 1, which was the deadline, set by World Athletics,” AK president Tuwei said.
“We organized two very successful world junior championships at the Kasarani stadium in 2017 and in August 2021, where a number of world records and personal bests were realized. We learnt a lot of lessons in staging both events, and realistically it is our time to bring the biggest event.”
Africa has never hosted World Athletics’ premier showpiece, which was first contested in Helsinki in 1983.
Kenyan sports minister Amina Mohammed first announced the country’s bid for the 2025 world championships in Doha in September 2019, after WA said the global event would be held on a rotational basis across continents.
Africa athletics chief, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, said in 2017 that he wished the continent could host the 2025 World Championships, mentioning Kenya as a possible host.