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Games patron First Lady Margaret ushers in participants

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made a final inspection of the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani yesterday ahead of the IAAF World Under-18 championships that kick off today.

The First Lady inspected facilities in the main competition arena including the newly laid tartan tracks, the media centre, and the warm-up tracks before heading to the accreditation centre for registration.

The First Lady is the current patron of the Biennial International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) W-U18 championships. The Nairobi 2017 competitions mark the last edition of the iconic championships that have been held in nine other countries since the inaugural events in Poland in 1999.

An impressed First Lady mingled and chatted openly with both the officials of the W-U18 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and young athletes from various countries who excitedly took pictures with her.

But even as the First Lady expressed her satisfaction with the renovations at the MISC where engineers and technicians were putting final touches to the facilities, officials from various foreign delegations gave a positive verdict that Kenya had put in place facilities meeting international standards. “These facilities are very good.

This is fantastic” said Olaf Brockmann, a Press Delegate who is among those managing the Media Centre. “Such Media Centre has not happened before,”, said Brockmann whose sentiments were echoed by a senior medical doctor managing the 60-strong team of athletes from Germany. “This is a very good stadium.

We like it very much”, said the doctor as young members of his team expressed their satisfaction with their stay in Kenya which they described as safe and with “fantastic weather”.

Many other officials from the 135 countries attending the championships expressed similar sentiments that Kenya had put in place facilities and preparations that meet the international billing.

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