Buoyed by the "success of hosting" the IAAF World U18 Championships in July in Nairobi, Kenya's athletics officials announced their "intention of placing a bid for the senior version of the athletics gala," according to XINHUA. Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei said, "Kenya has now joined the big league and from henceforth we are shifting focus on matters that pertain to our newly-acquired status." The slot for the '19 championships has already been taken by Doha, Qatar, while Eugene, Oregon, will host the '21 games, Tuwei said that the country will first place a bid for the World U20 Championships "as a stepping stone to the senior event." He said, "We want to move progressively and we will soon request for bid documents from the IAAF for the junior games, especially after successfully hosting the U18 competition" (XINHUA, 8/15).
Events and Attractions
The world's first women's esports event "will take place at the Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival," which opens on Aug. 25, according to Tracy Zhang of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry, which is organizing the show, "has rented out about 600 booths to 200 exhibitors for the four-day event." Chamber President Jacky Cheung Yiu-shing said that the introduction of esports competitions for female players "would attract more visitors and help promote such activities." Cheung added, "Hong Kong's esports industry has been lagging others, but the government has started to show support by holding more activities and approving teams for overseas competitions." It will be the "first time for a women's event to be featured -- out of seven gaming competitions -- at the festival." Teams from Europe, Korea and China will "battle it out" in the League of Legends (SCMP, 8/15).
Thousands are expected to "miss out from taking part" in next year's Hong Kong Marathon after organizers "decided not to increase the quota of runners, limiting the city's biggest participatory annual event to 74,000 participants." Organizers said that more runners "would not be allowed to take part in next year's race." Almost 110,000 fans registered for the '17 event (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 8/15).
Shanghai has been confirmed as the "only bidder for the 15th edition of the World Wushu Championships" in '19. It means that the city is "almost assured of winning the rights to host the event." However, the Int'l Wushu Federation constitution "still obliges the city to make a presentation before the World Championships can be officially awarded" (INSIDE THE GAMES, 8/14).
Thirty-four cities in the U.S., seven cities in Canada and three in Mexico are "on the list of proposed locations to host games at the 2026 World Cup," the U.S. Bid Committee announced on Tuesday. The organizers will reach out to each of the cities on the list and "those hoping to be selected will have until Sept. 5 to declare their interest" (ESPN.com, 8/15).
Sri Lanka's cricket board approved a tour to Pakistan, officials said on Monday. Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala said that after a security assessment, the team had been cleared to play three Twenty20 internationals, including "at least one" in Lahore. Any tour "would require government approval before the team is sent abroad" (AFP, 8/14).
The PGA Tour announced the first portion of its '17-18 season, a seven week-stretch through mid-November that features four official int'l tournaments, including the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges from Oct. 16-22 in Korea (PGA Tour).
Ironman announced the addition of the Ironman Tallinn triathlon. The inaugural race will take place on August 4, 2018. Tallinn, Estonia, will become the second capital in Europe to host an Ironman event, along with Copenhagen, Denmark (Ironman).