Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has announced an ambitious plan that will see the country bid to host the 2023 World Athletic Championships.
Speaking during a reception for Team Kenya, who finished second at the World Championships in London on Sunday, Wario said the decision was arrived at after successfully hosting the World Under-18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC), Kasarani last month.
“We are more than capable of hosting a world event and we are looking to bid for the 2023 World Championships,” said Wario.
Qatar will host the next championship in 2019 while Eugene, Oregon will host the 2021 edition.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe have made it clear that one of his goals will be to ensure an African country hosts the World Championships.
“We had a meeting with him (Coe) on the side lines of the World Championships in London and he said the IAAF were impressed with the outcome of the World Under-18 event and they are still talking about it to this day,” added Wario.
Wario said the country will aggressively build three new stadiums in Nairobi , Mombasa and Eldoret stadiums in anticipation for the bid.
“If we do get the championships six years before time, we will be in a capacity to finish the stadiums that we are building right now while putting into considerations the specifications of hosting a world class event,” added Wario. Kenya will also bid to host the 2020 World Under-20 championships.Wario lauded Team Kenya for their performances in London, observing that they have done the country proud and united Kenyans. Only four medallists were present with some remaining in Europe for the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday while others embarked on their journey home as soon as they were done with their events. The four are gold medallists Geoffrey Kirui (marathon) and Elijah Manangoi (1500m) as well as silver winners Timothy Cheruiyot (1500m) and Edna Kiplagat (marathon).