After hosting a successful IAAF world under 18 champions in Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium last month, Kenya has set another focus by bidding to host the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Speaking during a breakfirst meeting with #teamkenya following their exploits in 16th edition of IAAF world championships in London, Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario said the plans are underway to bid for the sporting extravaganza in the Kenyan capital.
Wario said that Kenya proved it can host successful world competitions after the IAAF World Under-18 Championships.
“We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Wario at the Weston Hotel. No African nation has ever staged the competition.
“Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, it is only fitting that we should be the first country to bring the championships to Africa,” Wario said.
The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, stages the 2021 edition.
Last month, Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei revealed that the country will bid to host 2020 World Under-20 Championships and one leg of the IAAF Diamond League Series.