First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Friday unveiled medals, kicking-off the countdown to the World Athletics Under 20 (U20) Championships that will be held later this month.
Speaking during the unveiling ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi, the First Lady encouraged the Kenyan team to utilize the home-ground advantage to shine during the championships.
“The U20 Championships is one in a series of global sporting events that offers opportunities for growth to our sports men and women. It will showcase the talent and potential that abounds in our youth.
“It will also allow us to cheer our athletes on as we watch them in our homes on television,” said the First Lady who is also the patron of the U20 Championships said.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta applauded the design of the medals which takes the form of ‘Ngarewa’ necklace drawn from the Maasai rich cultural heritage.
She said the design which denotes beauty, heritage and individuality, complements the resilience of the country’s young athletes.
“It also highlights the theme and diversity of the World Under 20 Championships.
“As Patron, I am proud to be part of this event which underscores the rich talent and potential that lies in our youth,” the First Lady said at the event where she also witnessed presentation of the Championship mascot and theme song.
The First Lady also took the opportunity to welcome athletics teams, competitors and trainers from all over the world, saying the games provide another chance for Kenya to showcase herself as a centre of sporting excellence offering world-class facilities.
In 2017, Kenya successfully hosted the World U18 Championships, a move that earned the country the bid to host this year’s event despite the coronavirus pandemic that has affected whole world.
“… competitions such as these (U20 championships) elevate the importance of sports. Games bring people together; they bring hope. They are a symbol of what can be achieved even in the most difficult situations,” the First Lady noted.
The First Lady, who later toured the Kasarani sports complex ahead of the start of the games on August 17, thanked the Ministry of Sports, World Athletics, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the private sector, sports partners, the media and sponsors for their contribution towards ensuring the championships happen.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo and the Championship’s Local Organizing Committee CEO Myke Rabar spoke at the event that was also attended by Heritage PS Josephta Mukobe among other senior Government officials.