Kenya ready to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships – Uhuru

Saturday, May 7th, 2022 15:36 | By
President Uhuru Kenyatta walking towards the podium during the opening ceremony of the third edition of the Kip Keino Classic PHOTO/KipKeino Classic

The third edition of the Kip Keino Classic kicked off on Saturday, May 7 at the Moi International Kasarani Stadium with President Uhuru Kenyatta expressing confidence that the country was ready to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

Kenya is among the three nations that have officially tabled a bid to host the biannual event and the World Athletics team has been in the country accessing the facilities and the preparedness put in place by the Local Organising Committee (LOC)

The President said, “I hope 2025 Kenya will be the first African country to host the world event since the country is without any doubt, the home of champions of the world,” 

“We are here to celebrate the world of sports and especially Kenya’s great athletes who have made the country home of sports heroes,” he added.

On Thursday, Athletics Kenya President Rtd General Jackson Tuwei intimated that Kenya would host one leg of the Diamond League in 2023.

“I want to announce that we are going to host one leg of the Diamond League next year. We have put everything in place to ensure that this opportunity does not go in vain,” he said after gracing the World Athletics Media Development seminar held in Nairobi. 

In the first event of the day, the 2015 African champion Ihab Abdelhrahman won the Javelin after throwing 83.79. Kenya’s Julius Yego posted a season best of 79.11 to finish second. Rolands Strobinders of Latvia took third place after throwing 76.30.

Julius Chepkwony won the men’s 10,000m in a time of 28:28.34 ahead of Wilfred Kimutai  (28:32.09) and Abraham Longosiwa(28:35.01). Chepwkwony walked away with Ksh 50,000, an amount every local athlete will earn as bonus if they win any races at the Kip Keino Classic.

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