World U-20 Championship kicks off in Kenya

The 2020 World U-20 Championship has officially kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inaugurated the global event on Tuesday night at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in the outskirts of Nairobi.

“Over the next few days, devoted fans across the globe look forward to watching exciting track and field events. To the athletes your dedicated training, practice and participation in these championships present you with an opportunity to pursue your dreams,” said Mrs Kenyatta.

“It is not only about competition. I urge you to make new friends and share special moments. Before you leave take some time to experience Kenya’s warm hospitality and rich heritage,” she added.

Athletes from more than 100 countries are taking part in the competition. It was scheduled to begin on August 17 but was pushed forward by the World Athletics because of logistical challenges arising from the coronavirus.

"The impact of Covid on teams travelling and logistics of moving vital equipment around the world have proven to be a challenge,” said the World Athletics.

Fans are banned from the event due to Covid-19 in the country.

The world U-20 Championship will be concluded on August 22.

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