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LOC Patron likes accommodation at KU but concerned about slow work in laying on running tracks

The IAAF partners, Mondo, have technicians already working in Nairobi and laying on competition and warm-up tracks at Kasarani will begin next week, Local Organising Committee [LOC] assures

Green scenery: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta walks on the grounds being prepared for throws warm-ups such as the javelin, discuss, shop put and the hammer at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. She is accompanied by Mwangi Muthee the chief executive officer of the LOC for the IAAF World U18 Championships, Nairobi 2017. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

 

A technician works at scraping off the top of the existing warm-up track at Kasarani. Both this and the competition track inside the stadium have a perfect base, engineers said, and therefore “glue-ing” on brand new Mondo tracks for the IAAF World U18 Championships on July 12-16, should take a matter of days once that starts next week. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Gristonod Pinto, a technician works at scraping off the top of the existing warm-up track at Kasarani. Both this and the competition track inside the stadium have a perfect base, engineers said, and therefore “glue-ing” on brand new Mondo tracks for the IAAF World U18 Championships on July 12-16, should take a matter of days once that starts next week. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

KENYA’S First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday made an extensive inspection of sporting and accommodation facilities at Athletes Village, Kenyatta University and competition venue for the IAAF World U18 championships to take place from July 12 to 16 in Nairobi.

The First Lady is the Patron of the Local Organising Committee [LOC] of the event.  At Kenyatta University, she was accompanying the acting vice-chancellor Paul Wainaina to open the International Conference on Reproductive Health. She said women suffering from fistula should be assisted in seeking medical help so that they can continue with their normal lives.

A painter works on the windows of the re-furbished dining hall at Kenyatta University, for use at the IAAF WU18 Championships

A painter works on the windows of the re-furbished dining hall at Kenyatta University, for use at the IAAF WU18 Championships. Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (left) is taken round the kitchen at Athletes Village, Kenyatta University by acting vice-chancellor Paul Wainaina. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (left) is taken round the kitchen at Athletes Village, Kenyatta University by acting vice-chancellor Paul Wainaina. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

She said it was sad when mothers suffering from Obstetric Fistula were usually hidden away to suffer negative emotional and psychological effects due to humiliation from their smell and inability to perform their family roles.

Impressive

canada goose After the conference, the First Lady visited facilities at the World U18 Championships’ Athletes Village where she said there was impressive refurbishment of the kitchen and dining area and six hostel blocks to accommodate 2,000 athletes and officials from about 141 confirmed countries.

Physiotherapy booths being constructed at the Athletes Village, Kenayatta University as directed by the Medical Committee. Photo (and others below)/MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Physiotherapy booths being constructed at the Athletes Village, Kenyatta University as directed by the Medical Committee. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

At the training fields on the varsity campus, she expressed concern at the current status of construction especially the laying down of a synthetic running track. Project managers said recent heavy rains had slowed the pace of work but that after the brief respite in the last few days, work will be stepped up with day and night shifts.

Watering landscaped recreation gardens at the Athletes Village, Kenyatta University. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Watering landscaped recreation gardens (above and below) at the Athletes Village, Kenyatta University. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Above and below, repairing streets, lighting and fences at the Athletes Village, Kenyatta University in readiness for the IAAF WU18 Championships on July 12 to 16. Photos: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Above and below, repairing streets, lighting and fences at the Athletes Village, Kenyatta University in readiness for the IAAF WU18 Championships on July 12 to 16. Photos: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Then the First Lady then made an impromptu inspection tour of the competition venue at Kasarani. She specifically enquired about the exact time that IAAF partners, running tracks and flooring experts Mondo, would start laying on the tartan tracks inside the stadium and at the warm-up area.

She was informed that Mondo technicians were already working on the base of the tracks, that the track material had arrived in Mombasa and that laying on would start next Monday.

WORK AT MOI INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE, KASARANI

Media Centre landing area and stairs accessing the Media Tribune above in the stadium

Media Centre landing area and stairs accessing the Media Tribune above in the stadium. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Media Tribune on the terraces inside the stadium under construction

Media Tribune on the terraces inside the stadium under construction. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

She was accompanied by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Executive Officer Mwangi Muthee. The First Lady said she would be back for another viewing very soon.

Besides the sporting fraternity drawn globally, thousands of other visitors are also expected in the country to have a first-hand experience of Kenya, a country recognized internationally as a powerhouse of long distance runners.

Meanwhile, the First Lady’s tour took place as Athletics Kenya [AK] prepared to host the Team Kenya national pre-trials on Thursday and Friday at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret. The pre-trials will feature athletes from several camps that had been set up by AK to fine-tune the athletes aged 17 years and below.

YOUNG ‘TEAM KENYA’ PROSPECTS TRAIN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY:

On a cross country run … two boys at the Machakos Teachers College Camp, Machakos Country. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

On a cross country run … two boys at the Machakos Teachers College training camp, Machakos Country. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

The AK chairman of the Youth Sub-committee, Barnaba Korir, indicated that six athletes will be selected from each event at the pre-trials. Then the athletes will be put in a camp for specialised training ahead of the National trials set for June 13-14 in Nairobi. The government has already sent funds to every region directly so as to enable them send the teams for the pre-trials.

Every region will be required to send a maximum of 80 athletes to Eldoret tomorrow [Thursday] and all the entries must be authenticated and signed by either the chairman or secretary of the region. No individual entries will be accepted.

Victoria Mwikali trains at Machakos

Victoria Mwikali trains at Machakos. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

At Machakos, Boniface Mulwa, left (3,000m) and Christine Ndanu (800m). Photo: LOC wunairobi2017

At Machakos … Boniface Mulwa, left (3,000m) and Christine Ndanu (800m). Photo: LOC wunairobi2017

David Mutinda Mutua, the 2010 World Junior Champion in 800m advises young athletes at the Machakos Teachers College training camp. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

David Mutinda Mutua, the 2010 World Junior Champion in 800m advises young athletes at the Machakos Teachers College training camp. Photo: LOC wu18nairobi2017

The final entries must be submitted  physically to the AK Youth Sub-committee secretary Barnaba Kitilit before vetting of athletes tomorrow at Kipchoge Stadium.

The Team Kenya prospects under the management and funding of the LOC, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts and the Ministry of Education included:

  • Keringet Camp in Kuresoi, Nakuru County: Featuring talent from Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Baringo, Narok, Nandi and Laikipia

canada goose Coaches: Kimutai Ngetich, Charles Ngau, Michael Koskei, Rhoda Nashipae olol Talam, Emmanuel Ngetich, Marilyn Lasoi

The girls and boys of the Keringet Camp, Kuresoi in Nakuru County. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

The girls and boys of the Keringet Camp, Kuresoi in Nakuru County. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

  • Kabirirsang’ Youth Training Camp, Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County: Director, Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei
  • Lemotit Athletics Camp, Londiani, Kericho County: Athletes from Machakos, Kericho, Nakuru, Nandi, Baringo

canada goose Coaches: Paul Kemei, Emily Cherotich

Irene Chepketer, 3,000m, at Nasokol, West Pokot County. Above and all below, Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Irene Chepketer, 3,000m, at Nasokol, West Pokot County. Above and all below, Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Domitila Cheruto, 3,000m, at Nasokol, West Pokot County

Domitila Cheruto, 3,000m, at Nasokol, West Pokot County

Janeth Jepchirchir, 200m, Kabirirsang’ Youth Athletics Training Camp, Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County. All above and below, Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Janeth Jepchirchir, 200m, Kabirirsang’ Youth Athletics Training Camp, Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County

Sharon Jepchirchir, 400m, Kabirirsang’ Youth Athletics Training Camp, Kapchemoiyo, Nandi County. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Sharon Jepchirchir, 400m, Kabirirsang’ Youth Athletics Training Camp, Kapchemoiyo, Nandi County

Coaches: Daniel Kororia, Shem Kororia, Kipyego Kororia, Juma Ndiwa

  • Kapsokwony Camp at Friends School, Kaptama, Mt Elgon, Bungoma County: From Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kakamega, Mt Elgon, Sirkoi
  • Nasokol High School, West Pokot County: From West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Mt Elgon  

Coaches: Boniface Tiren, Peter Kipkurui Bii

  • Kilgoris, Narok County: Director Stephen Ole Marai
  • Machakos, Machakos County: Machakos Teachers College: Manager AK Southern Region chairman Joseph Ilovi

Coaches: James Mutisya, Philip Muia, Nancy Nzisa

  • Torongo, Baringo County:
  • Kisii, Kisii County:
  • Nyakach, Kisumu County:
  • Taita, Taita Taveta County:
  • Ruring’u, Nyeri County:

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and LOC Media Committee