Despite receiving a Ksh 2billion boost from the government the Local Organizing committee (LOC) to the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World under 18 athletics championships Nairobi is facing a deficit of Ksh.1.1 billion.
With just six months left to the 10th edition of the biennial age group global showpiece slated for July the event’s chief executive officer Mwangi Muthee announced on Thursday that LOC has fallen short of Ksh 430million and Ksh 700million that is required to complete the tartan tracks at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani and KU athletes village projects respectively.
Muthee said “the initial Ksh 2billion budget was based on the general organization of the event which is recurrent and that the renovations at Kasarani and KU village were not apart of the earmarked project”
LOC also admitted the World U-18 championship organizers are lagging behind timelines in the preparation for the games as it has to work in line with the IAAF guidelines.
“Yes we are lagging behind in its preparations for championships and it’s is because we are working under the IAAF guidelines to ensure we put together a world class event,” Muthee said.
However,Muthee affirmed that LOC is putting its foot forward to ensure the completion of renovation of the tracks as well as the athletes Village amenities at Kenyatta University.
Muthee exuded confidence in the departments working under the Organizing committee promising a world class event that is expected to attract a delegation from close to 160 countries.
“The face of Kenya will be seen on what happens on that Stadium.We are putting our best foot forward to ensure that when that time comes Kenya is at the top of the world.I promise that We are going to make it,” he said.
“We have got the assurance from IAAF and I am sure that we are going top be successfull in organizing the event,” Muthee added.
LOC insists that Kenya has the credentials to host the event that is one of the world’s biggest event. Kenya held the World Cross Country Championships in 2007 in Mombasa.
Meanwhile the program aimed at nurturing young athletes is still in progress as LOC is working with the Ministry of Education Science and Technology to identify the talents who will take part not only in the 2017 IAAF championships but in other competitions as well.
The program headed by AK’s Barnabas Korir started in August 2016.
“We want to train the young generation because they are our future.This is the time to work with developing talents even as we are looking at the World Championships next year in London and the 2022 World Olympics in Tokyo as well as other competitions”.
According to the committee the world governing body promised to upgrade Kenyatta University to an IAAF International Training centre of excellence in Athletics.