Kenya says it will launch a bid to the IAAF to host the 2023 World Athletics Championship.

Kenya finished overall 2nd behind USA in the just concluded championship hosted in London, with 5 gold, 2 silver and four bronze medals.

Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said Kenya had shown its capability and is willing to be the first African to host the world event.

His confidence is coming from the recent junior event where Kenya housed athletes from 130 countries to compete in the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi in July.

"We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions," said Wario at a welcome reception for Kenyan athletes.

"Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, it is only fitting that we should be the first country to bring the championships to Africa," Wario said.

"We have a plan to build three big stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret and seven additional new ones in other parts of the country."

Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) president, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum had called for Africa to be awarded the World Championships by 2025.

The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, stages the 2021 edition.

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