Kenya is a renowned sporting nation and athletics is her forte. Kenyan athletes have earned the country the title-Home of Champions as they represented the country as Olympic and Commonwealth champions: crossing the line mainly in first, second and third place.
A snippet of our athletic champions include David Rudisha-the greatest 800m runner; Paul Tergat-cross country, marathon and Olympic Legend, Ezekiel Kemboi- steeplechase great; Vivian Cheruiyot-pocket rocket long distance, track , cross country and Olympic champion; Catherine Ndereba-four time winner of the Boston Marathon and world record breaker at the Chicago Marathon and Pamela Jelimo- Olympic Champion among many others.
Excitement is fast building within the country as Kenya hosts the 10th Edition of the IAAF World Under18 Championships, from 12th -16th July 2017, at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
This year is extra special for Kenya because it is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to host an event of this magnitude. Moreover, this IAAF World U18 Championships will be the final edition as IAAF shifts focus towards driving regional and continental competitions.
For those new to the IAAF World U18 Championship, it is a global athletics event that comprises of track and field events for competitors aged 17 years and below. Kenya has been participating in the championship and won the overall IAAF WU18 title twice, starting with the inaugural 1999 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and the 2009 competition in Brixen, Italy.
The global championship this year is set to bring over 2000 participants from 130 nations and more than 300 journalists from local and international media into the country. Already, guests are streaming in numbers to watch the WU18 Championships and experience the magic in Kenya.
Part of the magic is getting to see the champion’s homeland. Get a feel of the various training grounds that nurture their exceptional performance globally and experience hospitality at its best. Crowning it all is experiencing what it means to be in a true concrete jungle in none other than World’s Wildlife Capital-Nairobi.
Nairobi serves as the country’s capital and prides itself as being the only city with a National park within its city.
A drive out of Nairobi’s concrete central business district will reveal the jungle within at the Nairobi National Park. Here one will find a visual display like none ever seen: vast open grass plains with scattered acacia bush and other indigenous trees against backdrop of the Nairobi’s city scrapers.
Every now and then the view is enlivened by various wildlife including: the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife ranging in 400 species.
At the park, visitors also get to enjoy safari rides, picnics, camping and hikes along various nature walking trails.
To date, the country continues to attract many visitors in pursuit of leisure, culture and adventure. Some world sport stars that have visited the country include Usain Bolt, and Serena Williams in 2010 and recently Bayern Munich’s coach, Pep Guardiola.