In Summary
  • Buenos Aires will also to present strong proposal as test event for 2018 Youth Olympics
  • The Argentine capital and Greensboro City in USA are challenging Nairobi for the rights for the championship which is held once every two years for athletes aged 17 and below. Next year’s championship will be held in Cali, Colombia.

NASSAU, Bahamas

Athletics Kenya and the Nairobi County Government will have to do more to convince world athletics authorities to hand Nairobi the rights to host the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships with Buenos Aires expected to present a strong bid.

The Argentine capital and Greensboro City in USA are challenging Nairobi for the rights for the championship which is held once every two years for athletes aged 17 and below. Next year’s championship will be held in Cali, Colombia.

“Buenos Aires have indicated that they would like to host the 2017 championship as a test event for the 2018 Youth Olympics that they will host,” Essar Gabriel, IAAF Secretary General, said.

Gabriel told a meeting of the IAAF Press Commission after the conclusion of the inaugural World Relays Championships in Bahamas that bid documents by the three cities should reach IAAF headquarters by September 25.

The IAAF Council will announce the hosts at its November Council meeting in Monaco where the venue for the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships will also be announced.

Kampala and Bahraini capital Manama are the only two cities bidding for the cross-country championship hosted by Kenya in 2007. Next year’s World Cross Country Championships will be held in Guiyang, China, on March 28.

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