NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya said Tuesday it has embarked on a mission to
charm nations that have announced their boycott of the 2017 World
Under-18 Athletics Championships scheduled for July to review their
stand over security fears.
Government spokesman, Eric Kiraithe, told a media briefing in
Nairobi that a high level team of diplomats has been assembled to
reach out to nations that are doubtful of the security of their
citizens when their athletes attend the games, and assure them of
their safety during the five-day event which will run from July
“The team, which will be coordinated by the ministry of foreign
affairs, will use all diplomatic channels available to reach out to
those states that have announced their pulling out of the
championships due to one reason or another,” the spokesman told
reporters after attending an inter-ministerial committee meeting.
Already, six countries - Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA,
Britain and Australia have announced they will not send teams to the
“Any country is free to review operations we have assembled to
assess and certify whether or not the security of their citizens
will be compromised,” Kiraithe said after an inter-ministerial
“Kenya’s security is perfect and there is no doubt about that. Our
country has shown top-class ability to keep her citizens and
visitors safe despite the global challenge of terrorism. However, we
will not discuss publicly the security measures that we have put in
place for obvious reasons,” Kiraithe said.
The spokesman said the International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) President, Lord Sebastian Coe will visit Kenya in
June to sample first-hand experience on the country’s state of
preparedness for the event.