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BY SAMSON MBII/KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,12TH JULY 2017-Participants from over Over 135 countries gather in Nairobi for the next five days starting Today Wednesday 12th July for the IAAF World Under-18 championships that kicks off at the Moi sports center Kasarani Nairobi.
The Nairobi 2017 competitions mark the last edition of the iconic championships that have been held in nine other countries since the inaugural event in Poland in 1999.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was officially scheduled to open the championships on Wednesday afternoon.
Kenya is fielding 60 young Athletes-comprising 31 girls and 29 boys- in all the 17 competitions on offer.
Other countries fielding high numbers of athletes include China (61), France (45) and Turkey (44).
Sporting enthusiasts are optimistic that no country can beat Kenya at home. Kenya has always emerged between position 1-3 in the previous 9 editions of the iconic championships.
Besides the athletes and their managers, Nairobi expects to host over 5,000 visitors this week alone and pump over Sh 2.5 billion to the local economy.
The event is also expected to have a major impact on the tourism sector because millions of people from over 200 countries will be watching the events in Kenya.
The over 1400 athletes and their managers will also serve as ambassadors of Kenya when they return to their respective homes with a positive image of the country.