NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s delegation will travel to Buenos Aires,
Argentina later this month to present their bid status to the
IAAF Council meeting for hosting the 2020 World Under-20
Championships in Nairobi.
The bid committee
will be led by Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and
Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei. The IAAF Council meeting
in Buenos Aires will run on July 26-27.
Tuwei has however
noted that Kenya will be required to meet several conditions,
among them guarantees of government funding, anti-doping
measures and provision of specific equipment for junior athletes
to win the bid.
“The success of the
World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi last year gave us
confidence to bid for other events. The IAAF is seriously
considering us but we shall have to work hard and plan for the
events,” said Tuwei on Tuesday.
Athletics Kenya (AK)
Youth Development Committee head Barnaba Korir says the
country’s top performance at the just concluded World Junior
(Under-20) Championships in Tampere, Finland and the huge
turnout of fans during the 2017 World Youth Championships in
Nairobi will boost Kenya’s bid.
Korir said Kenya
used the junior event in Finland to pitch for support from
member federations and IAAF President Sebastian Coe for the
rights to stage the elementary competition and believes their
effort will be successful.
“The IAAF Council
will offer direction on the status of our bid and that will
inform what we require to successfully stage the competition,”
Kenya spent over 20
million U.S. dollars to stage the 2017 World Youth (Under-18)
Championships in Nairobi and a similar amount may be required
for the next edition of the junior competition.
Kenya is also
mooting at the opportunity to host one of the 14 rounds of the
IAAF Diamond League meetings.
has one leg of the premier track and field competition in Rabat
(Morocco) with Asia hosting two legs in Shanghai and Doha while
the United States of America has only one leg in Eugene.
The other 10 stops
are spread across Europe. The organizers will however be
required to set aside over 420,000 dollars for prize money
More will be
required for the local organization and accommodation. IAAF
rules for the Diamond League demands that 30,000 dollars be
awarded per discipline with the winner pocketing 10,000 dollars,
the second finisher has 6,000 dollars while the third placed
athlete takes home 4,000 dollars.
The cash prizes
trickle down to the eighth placed athlete who secures 1,000
dollars. There are additional prizes for the ninth to 12th
finishers in distance races and ninth-lane runners in the
This means that each
of the current 12 meetings have 14 events with the total prize
money required to award the winners equaling 420,000 dollars.
The IAAF Diamond
League encompasses 32 Diamond Disciplines and athletes earn
points at the each of the 12 meetings to qualify for the final
in Zurich or Brussels.