Wild celebrations welcome the good news of Kenya’s successful bid to host the World Youth Championships in Nairobi come 2017.Most Junior Athletics Training Camps in Rift Valley termed the hosting rights for Kenya as God-send and a unique boost to their training programmes that have continued to churn out world champions in the past.
“This is a milestone for the junior training camps. For many years, the country has been producing World youth champions since the International Association of Athletics Federation launched the competitions in 1999,” said
Bro. Colm O’Connell, the founder of St Patrick’s Iten Junior Training camp.
Nairobi secured the hosting rights in Monaco on Wednesday after other cities on the bid list withdrew their candidature at the last minute during the IAAF annual Council meeting that begun early in the week.
This is the second global championships to be hosted by Kenya after Mombasa successfully hosted the 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2007.
“The event would be an inspiration to thousands of youth in both primary and secondary schools in the country. This is a plus to the youth who are lying with unexploited sporting talents. It is a beginning of new beginning added the clergyman who runs holiday training camps at the school well known for it’s sporting glory.
Similar feelings were shared by Coaches David Maiyo and Stephen Lagat who runs a similar training programmmes at the neighbouring Mokwo Girls high school in Keiyo South within the expansive Elgeyo Marakwet County.
“Now that the World Youth Championship is coming home, it means we have to double our efforts to ensure that our youth are well prepared. We have to prepare the best team,” said Lagat, also a primary school teacher in Nandi County.
The bidding team, under the stewardship of Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario and Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat made their presentation after the eleventh hour withdrawal of Greenboro, USA, and Argentine’s Buenos Aires, who were perceived as the strongest opponents.
The inaugural World Youth Championship, targeting youth aged between 16 and 17 years, was held in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland in 1999 where Kenya was the overall winner with total of 10 medals (5 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze) ahead of Russia 10 (4 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze) and China 7 (4 Gold, 3 Silver).
Those who would be competing in the championship will be those born between 2000 and 2001. This means most of the youth are boys and girls in Primary and Secondary schools.