The Local Organizing Committee has began the initial stage of a series of renovations scheduled for the the IAAF World Youth Championships 2017 venues starting with the facilities at the athletes village at Kenyatta University, LOC CEO Mwangi Muthee announced Wednesday.
Muthee said that the high Performance Training Center at the Village the tartan track and the warm up areas at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani as well as the refurbishment at the Nyayo National Stadium should be complete by May 2017 to allow for trials before the IAAF World U18 slated for July 2017.
“I am happy to announce that the renovations at the KU Village have already started and should be done by May 2017 to allow the facilities time to cure before the trials.A sample room of how the village will look like is also out.”
LOC held a meeting with the IAAF high ranking technical delegation who arrived in the country on Monday for the purpose of inspection and to offer support as the renovations of the venues progresses.
The three member IAAF technical delegation including Sylvia Barlag,Jose Luise De Carlos and IAAF Head of competition management Luis Saladie undertook a visit to the facilities on Tuesday and were pleased with the structures available.
The delegation visited Kasarani “where the technical work and every aspect of the competition will happen.We have toured the KU village and the venues of training,the accreditation centre.And we like what the IAAF is doing with the LOC,” stated Muthee.
“This event is owned by IAAF and they are holding our hands.There is no room for error and we hope that the event will be successful”.
However,Sylvia who is also IAAF Council member said “there are many projects planned throughout the process of giving the venues a new look,we are here to help achieve that even as the facilities require alot of redoing.
“We are pleased to be working with LOC headed by Mwangi to help in this upgrading of the venues for the 2017 Championships.”
“I have seen the facilities and there is still alot of work to be done.We will try to give our support as this is one a big project.
“The stadium is very nice but it needs a lot of redoing to receive the championships.”
She also added that IAAF will send a manager to follow up on the progress on regular basis to make sure that LOC is taking the right decisions.
“That you are mitigating the risks that are everywhere and that we will create a successful event that will live memory and legacy for the country in athletics.
The championship that is set to attract 1,600 athletes from 160 countries will take place in July 12 -16 next year at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.