With Kenya set to host the World Under 20 championships in 2020, The IAAF will be inspecting facilities ahead of the championships.
According to Principal Secretary in the ministry of Sports Kirimi Kiberia, the inspection will start at the end of this year.
Kenya was awarded the hosting rights on July 26th by IAAF following the successful hosting of the last edition of World Under 18 championships last year at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
“We held our first meeting with IAAF last week and we feel that we are in good position and shape in terms of preparedness,” he said.
He pointed out that the only difference between the U-18 and U-20 is equipment, something he said is being addressed with speed.
A budget of about Sh2billion will be spent on the event, which is Sh1billion lower than what was used during the 2017 U-18 event.
“We are trying to cut cost to the lowest because everything is in place. This is not the first time we are doing this kind of event,” he added.
The World U-20 Championships have been scheduled for July 7 to 12, 2020.
Kaberia said that the ministry is keen to complete the preparations six months ahead of the global event.
“Everything must be ready six months before the event. We don’t want a crash program,” he said.
The country has topped four times in these championships since 1986.
Kaberia was in Nyeri to pay a courtesy call to Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and to inspect the upcoming Ruring’u and Ihururu stadium.