Air quality to be monitored in Kenya ahead of World U20 Championships

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NAIROBI, KENYA - JULY 16: Lydia Jeruto Lagat and Jackline Wambui of Kenya celebrate in the girls 800m during day 5 of the IAAF U18 World Championships at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Arena on July 16, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for IAAF)
FILE PHOTO: A general view during the final of the mens 2000m steeplechase on day five of the IAAF U18 World Championships at The Kasarani Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for IAAF)

The Nairobi 2020 World Athletics U20 Championships will be the first global track and field championships where air quality will be measured and analyzed.

The World Athletics (WA) said on Friday that an inspection team from its headquarters in Monaco continues an assessment visit in the country.

“As part of World Athletics’ continued pilot program to measure air quality at sporting venues around the world, a Kunak air quality monitor was recently installed at the Kenyan capital’s Kasarani Stadium, the venue for this year’s World U20 Championships,” it said.

“We are happy that World Athletics has installed the air quality monitor in Nairobi. The equipment will not only help in the area of sports but also the city of Nairobi and other Government of Kenya agencies involved in environmental issues,” said Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei, who is also the chairman of the World U20 Championships organizing committee.

It is the second air quality monitor installed in Africa by World Athletics, following the installation of a monitor in Addis Ababa at the end of 2018.

“Our pilot program was mostly a feasibility study to better understand the possible challenges of installing and maintaining high-end air quality devices in remote places and countries,” WA Health & Science Department Director, Stephane Bermon, said.

With the support of the local organizing committee, World Athletics’ health and science department will measure both clinical and environmental data.

The age event will run from July 7-12 and it is the second global age track and field showpiece for Kenya to host after staging the last ever U17 championships at the same venue in 2017.

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