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Kenya confident of hosting a successful World Athletics U-20 Championships

ATHLETICS By Robert Abong'o | May 10th 2021
Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amb. Amina Mohamed flanked by Engineer John Ruga (left) and 2021 Nairobi World Under-20 Chief Executive Officer Mike Rabar (right) during a tour of Kasarani Stadium on Friday, April 30, 2021. [The Standard Sports]

World Under-20 Championships Chief Executive Officer Mike Rabar is confident the country will host a successful event amid the evolving Covid-19 pandemic.

Addressing the media yesterday, Rabar said they have put everything in place to ensure the championships slated for August 7-12 is successful.

With the event scheduled in between the Tokyo Olympic Games and WRC Safari Rally which is making a return to Kenya, Rabar branded the pandemic a 'blessing in disguise', as it gave the Local Organising Committee an extra eight months to prepare for the event.

“Covid-19 has give us an extra eight months to put together an event of this magnitude. We have enough time to ensure everything is in right position, safe and secure event for the athletes,” said Rabar.

Just like in the Magical Kenya Open and Savannah Classic tournaments, the CEO explained bubbles will be used to help minimise contact between athletes, media and officials.

 “We are going to use a lot of bubbles to control movements of media, athletes, officials,” said Rabar.

Sports CS Mohamed (left) with Sports Kenya Deputy Director-General Gabriel Komora (centre) and 2021 Nairobi World Under-20 Chief Executive Officer Mike Rabar (right) at Kasarani Stadium on Friday, April 30, 2021. [The Standard Sports]

Kenyatta University will act as the athletes’ village. Already holding more than 15,000 students a day, the university will be used by all athletes during the championships.

“Warm up and competition areas have been zoned. There will be a clear flow of how athletes will move from the village into the stadium, competition area then back to the village,” Rabar explains.

Kenya has also been in constant contact with World Athletics, gauging preparedness as well as finding out the best ways to deliver a perfect event. Audiences will also be able to stream the event live on TV and digital platforms.

Rabar hopes the event will act as a catalyst to the Olympics and allow audiences interact with top athletes.

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