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Final touches on technical equipment at Kasarani in readiness for World Under 20

SPORTS By Standard Sports | August 13th 2021
Moi International Sports Center - Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya, The venue of the 2021 World Athletics U20 Championships, also known as the World Junior Championships which will take place from 17 to 22 August 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Official timing and measurement provider, Seiko, are putting final touches on the technical equipment at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani ahead of next World Under- 20 Championships.

The team comprises almost 20 engineers drawn from Japan and technical experts from World Athletics who have been installing the equipment for measuring athletes’ performances and generating results continually.

“Seiko will be enhancing all its systems and introducing new technologies to ensure the athletes can be certain that their performance is accurately and precisely measured,” Ibrahim Hussein, Local Organising Committee technical director, said.

He added that these technologies will also help minimise controversies, such as false starts or photo finishes.

“Better technology will also assist the officials who make the crucial decisions on false starts and other starting practices," said Hussein while adding that the Seiko Photo Finish System manages the finish of all track races.

Hussein said: Technically, we are happy because the venue is ready.

 Nyayo Stadium is in great shape and there are athletes training there. We have already received equipment including a hammer, javelin, and shot put and we are also happy that the World Athletics technical and competitions delegates are here to help us and everything is moving smoothly," clarified Hussein while assuring that all the small hitches have been solved.

Hussein said the warm-up area is equally in top shape with all the necessary facilities and equipment put in place for teams to use.

He also hinted that the technical team is in the process of coming up with a program to suit all athletes in the training area.

"The training area is small so we have to have a program for those who are throwing and track athletes so that they don't collide. You see when people are running it is very dangerous to have javelin throw going on as well. So from Saturday when we get more teams arriving, it will be important to ensure a strict training program is adhered to, we might move all training the field events to Kasarani," he added.

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