- Kenya will host the 2017 IAAF World Under-18 Championships from July 12-16.
- A total of six high profile nations including defending champions USA has withdrawn from the championships citing insecurities.
- Local Organising Committee has appointed Amina Mohammed (Foreign Affairs) and Dr. Hassan Wario (Sports, Culture and the Arts) to lobby for the course.
The state has done little to lobby for IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi
It is now down to the Government officials and diplomats to lobby countries in a bid to put under control the increasing boycott of the Nairobi 2017 IAAF World Under-18 Championships over security fears.
The desperate move comes after defending champions America became the sixth and highest profile withdrawal from the July 12-16 event following in the steps of New Zealand, Britain, Australia, Canada and Switzerland. It is highly like more nations will follow suite, with Kenya viewed as a security risk to the outside world.
Local Organising Committee LOC chairman, Mwangi Muthee said they would assemble a team to sell the last edition of the biennial global track and field showpiece to the outside world led by Cabinet Secretaries, Amina Mohammed (Foreign Affairs) and Dr. Hassan Wario (Sports, Culture and the Arts).
In Amina and Wario, there lies the biggest obstacle and perhaps there next woods of lobbying will most likely result in dozens of counties dropping out of the championships barely five months before the nation hosts one of the biggest Youth championships in history, or so could have been.
Amina, the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary flopped miserably in the race to become the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). That must have been a bitter pill for her to swallow after months of highly publicised campaign. She has not not recovered well enough to be tossed to a much bigger obligation of lobbying and pleading to the whole world how peaceful the country is. She is not as powerful as she thinks and the recent humbling should serve her well.
As for Wario, has there ever been a more incompetent individual at the helm of the sports docket than the man from Moyale, Marsabit County?
Well the underlying statement in the sports fraternity is, what we did to deserve the PHD in Anthropology holder from the University of East Anglia in Norfork, England.
Wario talks too much without action, I wonder whether he does believe what he says, and when you’re the minister and confidently saying you are a victim of cartels then you know things are not right. The man has been sleeping on his job since he was appointed almost five years ago, to believe, he will pull the biggest seizure yet in his failed tenure will be asking too much.
As we stand, the world needs a serious assurance from President Uhuru Kenyatta that all is well. That his government will guarantee full-fledged security. He must appeal to political parties to be ambassadors of selling the nation rather than scaring away people and he must mean it. As we stand, not even neighbours Somali will send a team for the forthcoming championships.
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