In Summary
  • Kenya is better placed to host the 2025 World Championships in athletics compared to other African countries, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Director of Communications Jackie Brock-Doyle has said.
  • Speaking Thursday in Nairobi, Brock-Doyle said the success of the World Under-18 Championships held from July 12-16 in Nairobi and the 2007 World Cross Country Championships held in Mombasa was a clear manifestation that Kenya is ready to host another major event.

Kenya is better placed to host the 2025 World Championships in athletics compared to other African countries, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Director of Communications Jackie Brock-Doyle has said.

Speaking Thursday in Nairobi, Brock-Doyle said the success of the World Under-18 Championships held from July 12-16 in Nairobi and the 2007 World Cross Country Championships held in Mombasa was a clear manifestation that Kenya is ready to host another major event.

Brock-Doyle noted that both events were sold out, with large number of fans turning out to watch the events whose organisation was world-class.

“I think it will be great when you look at the crowds that came to Under-18 Championships. That was only a youth championships yet it was full to capacity, with people being turned away.

There is real love for athletics in Kenya and we can only build on this moving forward,” Brock-Doyle said. “There is no reason why Kenya can’t host the championships. We can only keep our fingers crossed for 2025.”

Brock-Doyle said Kenya must improve its infrastructure and perhaps build a new stadium since Africa will probably have three or four countries bidding to host the 2025 World Championships.

Other countries interested in hosting the event are South Africa, Nigeria and Morocco.

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