Three African countries will battle it out with Japan for the hosting right of the 2025 World Athletics Championships.
South Africa and Morocco as well as Kenya will be hoping to convince the World Athletics that they can stage the marque event in Africa for the first time, after Budapest in 2023.
Will Kenya stand as a firm favourite among African countries having recently staged the World Athletics Under-20 Championships and the Kip Keino Classic, a Continental Tour Gold meeting twice – in 2020 and September this year?
Kenya, an athletics crazy nation and home of long-distance running, also staged a successful World Under-18s in 2017 that witnessed record attendance.
Kenya has also staged some big events this year, including the Safari Rally which returned to the World Rally Championship calendar, the Magical Kenya Open and Savannah Classic both under the European Tour.
According to Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, the East African nation has placed a strong bid whose winner will be known by December.
“We have submitted a bid for Championships. It’s a good bid,” Amina told The Standard newspaper.
The bid is prepared jointly between the national government and Athletics Kenya.
But the African countries will have to convince World Athletics that they have the resources and infrastructure to beat Japan who recently staged the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Japan is the world’s third-largest economy.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe recently boosted Kenya’s confidence when he publicly encouraged the running powerhouse to submit her bid.
“We are positively aware of Kenya’s idea of hosting the 2025 edition. The country was successful in 2007 and 2017 and we are waiting to receive their bid through CAA.
“We have always supported the idea of the World Championships being held in Africa. The attendance in events held in Africa has always been top,” Coe once said.
Eugene in Oregon (USA) is set to host the 2022 World Championships.
The event which were postponed from 2021 is to be followed in 2023 in Budapest.