Kenyan U20 athletes travel to Cali Colombia on Friday night ahead of the global title defense

After three weeks of rigorous training, Kenya‘s U20 World Cup squad travel to Cali, Colombia tonight ahead of the global spectacle scheduled from August 1-6.

Kenya will field a strong contingent of 28 athletes, 14 men and an equal number of women, including two defending champions – Purity Chepkirui in the 1500m and Herristone Wanyonyi in the walker.

Also for the first time, Kenya will have a female athlete, Winnie Chepng’etich, who will compete in the biennial long jump championship.

The team was in a residential training camp at Kasarani Stadium of Moi International Sports Center.

National youth head coach Robert Ngisirei gestures during a training session in Kasarani ahead of the U20 World Championships in Cali, Colombia

According to team manager Joseph Ilovi, they are scheduled to depart at 11:59pm on Friday and arrive at 8pm on Saturday before getting a glimpse of the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium, the venue for the 6-day global show piece.

“Our three week training session has been successful as we have no injury worries within our team and we expect to leave the country at 11:59pm on Friday for a 12 hour journey and we expect to be in East Africa at 8pm on Saturday Time to arrive in Cali.

Soon after arrival, we’ll have a feel for the pitch on Sunday before Monday night kicks off,” said Ilovi.

Samuel Kibathi leads Nelson Mandela during a training session in Kasarani ahead of the U20 World Championships in Cali, Colombia

Kenya will defend the overall title for the second time after the aspiring overall champions picked up 16 medals, 8 gold-silver-7 bronze medals in Nairobi last year to retain the 2018 Tampere-Finland title.

The event will be broadcast live on KBC Channel 1 from 1-6 August 2022.

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