Preparations for the 2017 World U18 Championships are on track with less than eight months to go despite lingering concerns over the slow pace at which the Local Organizing Committee is conducting the renovations at the competitions facilities.
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) advisory team that toured the tartan tracks at Kasarani Centre and the KU village facilities on Monday is confident LOC will beat time in preparations for WU18 Championships.
Jan Zmek,athletics management and services director announced however he will “only be happy” after the World U18 Championships set for July 2017 considering the gigantic work that still needs to be done in the competitions facilities.
He urged the Local Organizing committee to speed up with the work at hand “so that we will be ready come that time”.
“There is so much to be done.We observed that the Stadium was built in 1986 and almost everything in it need to be renewed”.
“But we can not leave that until February,LOC needs to watch their pace because the dates are fixed and we need to be ready when the athletes arrive.”
“We saw today the whole area.The whole map needs to be reconstructed The track itself in the stadium needs to be refurbished.Essential offices like the photo finish room needs to be refurbished media previewed The stadium is good but has to be brought up-to date”.
“If priority is given to the project we are hopeful that we will have a full stadium in six months to be able to carry out a successful event”.
Zmak spoke after the delegation from Dentsu/Athletics Management Services, (AMS) who have the broadcasting rights for IAAF events, and partners Seiko, Cannon as well as Delta Tree took a tour to the tartan tracks at the Kasarani and the Kenyatta University Village.
The delegation led by Immanuel Perroti,head of Technology said that the team is in the country to offer IAAF standard services on technology matters to LOC.
Another delegation will arrive in the country in two weeks time to give a general view of the construction ar required by IAAF.
The LOC CEO Mwangi Muthee said that the reconstruction of the competition facilities will begin after the Mondo of Spain ships in the tracks.
Muthee added that atleast Ksh 3 billion will be required to host the event.
A total of 1600 athletes from 160 countries are expected to take part in the WU18 Championship next year.