Kenya’s bid to host 2025 World Championships must be well thought out

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) chats with Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed during the officially reopening of the refurbished Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on September 26, 2020.

Photo credit: Sila Kiplagat | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The prospect of hosting the senior track and field championship, regarded as the third largest sporting event in the world (after the Fifa World Cup and the Olympics), was and is still exciting
  • Hosting the biennial track and field championship that also features marathon and walk races has a lot of benefits for the host country
  • With at least 3,000 journalists from media outlets around the world converging in Nairobi to cover the event, a successful bid will lift Kenya’s tourism sector which is reeling from negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic

Friday’s launch of the bidding process for 2025 World Athletics Championships and other two World Athletics Series events 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, a faint heart never won a fair lady.


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