Kenya loses bid to host 2025 World Championships in Athletics

Nairobi – Kenya’s hopes of hosting the World Senior Athletics Championships for the first time have been dashed after World Athletics announced that Tokyo would host the 2025 edition.

Kenya had made a bid to host the 2025 showpiece, but World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe said in a statement that Tokyo had secured the hosting rights.

The Polish city of Silesia and Singapore had also submitted bids to host the 2025 editions, but the Japanese capital which hosted last year’s Olympics won the bid.

“In an overwhelmingly large group of candidates to host the 2025 World Championships in Athletics, Tokyo has put forward a compelling bid. I hope this will be a shining light for Japan as they celebrate 100 years of the Association. Japan Athletics Federations (JAAF) in 2025, bringing world-class athletics back to the people of Tokyo,” Coe said in a statement.

JAAF President Mitsugi Ogata responded, “We are extremely proud that World Athletics has demonstrated its confidence in Japan to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships. With World Athletics as one team, we will take advantage of this opportunity. to showcase the best possible global event to take our sport to the next level.

Kenya had remained confident of hosting the showpiece after successfully hosting the Under-18 World Championships in 2017, the Under-20 World Championships last year as well as three editions of the Kip Keino Classic, a stage of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was at the forefront of championing Kenya’s bid to host the event, which would have meant Africa hosting the 10-day championship for the first time ever.

“Because of the infrastructures we have developed, we are confident that we will be well prepared so that in 2025 our country will have the pride and pleasure of hosting the first World Championships in Athletics to be held on the African continent. “, had declared the head of state. earlier in May.

Kenya will now rethink whether to submit a bid for the 2027 showpiece.

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