A high powered delegation from the IAAF will visit the country on March 27 to asses the preparedness of the country in hosting the World under 18 championships slated for July 12-16.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Mwangi Muthee, said the inspection team will be in Kampala, Uganda, for the World Cross Country Championship before flying to Nairobi.
Muthee said: “In addition to an earlier team of delegates that had already set their Nairobi visit, we shall be receiving IAAF experts on sports marketing, communication and broadcasting."
“They will inspect all relevant facilities and working plans and map out for us anything that is outstanding. We want to get it right. This will be an event in the limelight, beamed across the world. We want to have first class competition and in order to do that, we must have in place all requirements for the technical personnel who will be driving the organisation, especially the IAAF technical officials and local volunteers.”
The inspection team arriving from Kampala will comprise experts from Dentsu, the Japanese giant international advertising and public relations company. Dentsu work with Athletics Management and Services (AMS) the event management, marketing and operators for all IAAF World Athletics Series events. The series include the World Cross Country Championships, World Junior Championships, World Youth Championships, World Race Walking Championships, World Half Marathon Championships, World Cup and World Athletics Final.
Muthee said another Japanese firm, Asics, will accompany the Dentsu/AMS experts to Nairobi. Asics are the new IAAF partners for provision of apparel. They took over from IAAF’s long standing partners, Adidas. Asics will be responsible for all the dressing and kitting of organisers, technical officials and volunteers who will be involved in the championships in Nairobi.
The IAAF delegates to Nairobi are led by Jan Zmek, events director at AMS.
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