The Kenyan capital was the only candidate for this IAAF competition but the Nairobi delegation convincingly persuaded the IAAF Council to endorse its right to host this event, the second IAAF World Athletics Series competition to be held in the country after the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

The Nairobi bid team included Dr Hassan Wario Arero, the Cabinet Principal Secretary at the Ministry for Sports Culture and the Arts as well as local government and Athletics Kenya officials.

Also included in the delegation were the well-known athletes Mercy Cherono and Jairus Birech, the latter the 2014 Diamond Race winner in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

The next edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships will take place in Cali (COL), 15-19 July 2015


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