Finally, the World Under-18 Championships is here and what a relief for those who have been involved in the organisation.

As one of the organisers, I now know better what it takes to host an event of such magnitude.

It doesn’t only take money but a lot of effort and time.

I can’t quite quantify especially the man hours we have invested in the event but I am just happy that there seem to be light at the end of the tunnel.

The only down turn to the event is the fact that this will be the last edition and we will never have a chance to compare with future hosts.

According to the IAAF President Sebastian Coe, the reason for ending the event is because of the high expenditure incurred by federations around the world in flying teams to these championships.

The event is being replaced by regional competitions across the continents to save on expenses. However, we take solace in the fact that there has been improvement in terms of facilities and going forward, we have the right profile to take on even bigger projects.

The improvement of accommodation at Kenyatta University is also a major milestone and I just hope that the facility can be maintained so that we don’t start afresh with future events.

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