Kenya to host 2020 IAAF World U20 Championships

Crowds attend the U18 Championships at Moi International Sports Centre last year. Kenya has bee chosen to host the 2020 World U20 Championships. PHOTO COURTESY

Kenya has been selected to host the IAAF World U20 championships in 2020.

Nairobi candidacy to host the event was formally endorsed by the IAAF council in Buenos Aires on Friday.

While making the decision IAAF cited successful hosting of the U18 event last year.

“By hosting an outstanding final edition of the IAAF World U18 Championships last year, Nairobi demonstrated its readiness to take the next step as a championship host,” reads the IAAF official website.

Deputy President William Ruto on twitter lauded IAAF decision to choose Kenya as the host for the championships saying the event will reaffirm Kenya’s dominance in the athletic world.

IAAF president Sebastian Coe noted the Kenyan Government’s strong support for the Nairobi bid and said it would be an ideal host for the championships.

“The U20 Championships showcases the future of our sport so Kenya, with a young and enthusiastic population and such a rich history in athletics, is a perfect fit for us,” Coe said.

50,000 people attended last year’s event making it the largest ever crowd to attend the U18 championships.