Kenya confirms bid for 2025 world athletics championships

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 06: Timothy Cheruiyot (front) of Kenya competes in the Men's 1500 metres final during the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 on October 06, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Cheruiyot won the first place with 3:29.26. (Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Timothy Cheruiyot (front) of Kenya competes in the Men’s 1500 meters final during the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. /Getty Images

Kenya on Tuesday confirmed its bid to host the 2025 athletics world championships, which if accepted, would bring the event to Africa for the first time.

Nairobi has hosted both the world under-18 and under-20 world championships in the last four years but faces a string of high-profile rivals including Tokyo, which staged the  Olympic Games in July.

“We formally confirmed our bid to host the global championships on Friday, October 1 which was the deadline set by World Athletics,” Athletics Kenya chief Jackson Tuwei told AFP.

“We organized two very successful world junior championships at the Kasarani stadium in 2017 and in August 2021, where a number of world records and personal bests were realized,” he said.

“We learned a lot of lessons in staging both events, and realistically it is our time to bring the biggest event.”

Africa has never hosted the World Athletics (WA) premier showpiece, which was first contested in Helsinki, Finland in 1983.

Kenyan sports minister Amina Mohammed first announced the country’s bid for the 2025 world championships in Doha in September 2019, after WA said the global event would be held on a rotational basis across continents.