What you need to know:
- Kenya has shown interest in hosting the 2025 World Championships.
Kenya will compete against Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa for the rights to host the 2025 event.
Kenya has shown interest in hosting the 2025 World Championships. World Athletics has given potential hosts for three World Athletics Series events until March 1 to put in their official bids, with the winners set to be announced in December.
Its Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, who first hinted to journalists about Kenya having submitted a letter to World Athletics about the county’s intention to host the global event during the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Kenya’s bid to host the 2025 World Championships must be seriously pitched, considering that the senior track, field and road running is the third largest sporting event in the world after the Fifa World Cup and the Olympics.
With close to 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations competing for medals in 49 disciplines, and 3,000 journalists from across the world covering the extravaganza, a successful bid will boost Kenya’s economy, especially in the hospitality and tourism sectors and infrastructure.
Over a billion people will watch the championship live. It will now need more than just interest by CS Amina for Kenya to win the hosting rights for the 2025 World Athletics Championships.
This should mark the start of a concerted effort by Kenya to convince the international governing body that it has what it takes to host the crown jewel of athletics competitions.
After all, Kenya hosted the most successful World Under-18 Championships in 2017. The feat saw the country win the bid to host the 2020 World Under-20 Championships that will now be staged August 17-22 in Nairobi.
With the World Athletics’ decision to host the championship in the continents on a rotational basis, the event will certainly be held in Africa. Kenya will compete against Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa for the rights to host the 2025 event.
The government and Athletics Kenya must now fight to deliver a successful bid with the championship budget put at Sh8 billion.
They will have to demonstrate that there is financial guarantee from the government besides ensuring that facilities are put in and proper preparations made.