The Kenyan government through the ministry of sports has postponed the highly anticipated World Athletics Under 20 championships that were to be held in July in Nairobi, Kenya due to the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
Through the statement, the event, which was to be held between July 7 to July 12th at the Moi Sports centre, Kasarani has been postponed until further notice.
“We had to consider the health and well-being of athletes, officials and spectators in making this call. We recognise the immense preparations that have gone into the event and wanted to give certainty to the athletes as early as possible as we collectively come to terms with the global impact and threats associated with COVID-19,” said the statement.
“We are working together to identify a mutually appropriate alternative date convenient for the Government of Kenya and elite competitors,” said the statement.
The Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohammed had on Tuesday indicated that they are in consultation with World Athletics and will set up the new dates that would be communicated the following day.
World Athletics thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration for their support in planning this event.
World Athletics added the Local Organising Committee will continue with the preparations as they engage on new dates which we hope to announce in the coming weeks.
The World Under-20 Championships is among others events that have been postponed this year because of the threat posed by the Coronavirus.
They include the World Half Marathon that was due March 29 and the opening leg of the Diamond League on April 17, London Marathon on April 26, Boston Marathon and Paris Marathon among others