NAIROBI, 13th July, 2017 (PSCU)- Thousands of Kenyans todaymade a beeline to Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive for free entry to the WU-18 championships.
The enthusiastic sports fans started streaming into Kasarani as early as 11.00 am and by late afternoon, many of the tiers in the 60,000-capacity stadium had been taken up by cheerful supporters waving miniature Kenyan flags.
The jovial and energized fans entered the stadium in their own style characterized by friendly screams, whistle-blowing and shouts while others danced to sukuti drum beats booming from the stadium.
President Kenyatta on Wednesday, while formally opening the four-day championships at the stadium, ordered that all doors be opened for free entry by the fans and supporters of the ongoing events where over 2000 athletes and officials from 131 nations are taking part.
Before the president waived the entry fees, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) had planned to charge between Sh 200 (2USD) and Sh 1000 (10USD) for the ordinary and VVIP tickets respectively.
Those preferring the VIP tiers were expected to pay Sh 500 (5USD).
Compared to the opening day of the championships where some tiers remained literally empty, today’s events were witnessed by comparatively large and impressive numbers.
Twenty different events were lined up for today including pole vault, javelin throws and the 1500, 400, 100, 110 metres hurdles and shot put for both boys and the girls.
LOC chairman Lt. General (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei had in the morning remained optimistic that the numbers would increase in the afternoon.
He was equally optimistic that the stadium would swell with fans as the global track and field events enter the weekend.
The sporting extravaganza comes to an end on Sunday when First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is expected to team up with IAAF and LOC officials in the final medals awarding ceremony
The First Lady is the current patron of the IAAF W-U18 championships, Kenya Chapter.