Athletics’ ‘religious house’ Kenya bids to host 2025 World Championships

Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium will host the 2025 World Athletics Championships if Kenya’s bid is profitable

Athletics Kenya president, Jackson Tuwei, has confirmed that his nation has submitted a bid doc to host the 2025 World Championships.

Tuwei feels that Kenya’s historical past of manufacturing world-class athletes provides them an actual probability of changing into the primary African host of the worldwide showpiece.

“We really feel like Kenya is the religious house of athletics,” he instructed BBC Sport Africa.

Kenya has a wealthy historical past in middle- and long-distance athletics, boasting 60 World and 34 Olympic champions whereas additionally presently holding eight ladies’s and 9 males’s world data.

Studies counsel that Olympic host metropolis Tokyo additionally put in a bid forward of Friday’s deadline.

World Athletics says it’s “not ready to launch any info but” about any bids it has acquired, telling BBC Sport Africa “it is rather early within the course of.”

“It has by no means been hosted in Africa and by no means been completed in Kenya, so we consider that it’s our time,” Tuwei added.

“We could not have managed to get the bid doc with out authorities help and we’re very grateful.”

He additionally believes that Kenya’s expertise of internet hosting each the Beneath-20 World Athletics Championships earlier this yr and the Beneath-18 model in 2017 units them in good stead.

“We learnt quite a lot of classes out of these two occasions and I consider we are actually able to act on these classes we learnt,” he insisted.

The pinnacle of African athletics, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, stated again in 2017 that he wished the continent to host the 2025 World Championships, mentioning Kenya as a attainable host.

World Athletics, the game’s international governing physique, is ready to go to the bidding cities in early 2022 and will announce the hosts in March.

One one who want to see the occasion held in Kenya is the USA’s former world and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin.

He lately competed on the Kip Keino Traditional assembly in Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium, which might host the World Championships if Kenya’s bid is profitable.

“To have Kenya host a World Championships right here can be an excellent alternative,” he instructed BBC Sport Africa eventually month’s occasion.

“You’ve got so many champions and so many nice Kenyan runners. I feel the world ought to have the ability to see the place they arrive from, how exhausting they work and what makes them the athletes they’re.”

The American metropolis Eugene will host the World Athletics Championships in 2022, after they had been delayed from this yr to accommodate the Olympics, which had additionally been postponed as a result of international Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2023 championships, in the meantime, will probably be held within the Hungarian capital Budapest.

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