Team USA will not be participating in IAAF World Under-18 Athletics Championships slated to be held in Nairobi from July 12th to 16th. U.S. Department of State has given Kenya a crime and terrorism rating of “Critical,” the highest level possible of security threat.
This comes in a few days after ascending to power, where Donald Trump also signed an executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
Donald Trumps shows off the executive order he signed barring citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the US
America is the defending IAAF World Under-18 Athletics Champions and their lack of participation means the competition has somehow lost relevance. Five other countries; New Zealand, Britain, Australia, Canada and Switzerland, had already pulled out.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has however rubbished the claims by US state Department, and put kenyan’s mind to peace; saying Kenya’s security was perfect.
“Their move is far-fetched and far from the truth and reality on the ground. Kenya’s security is perfect and there is no doubt about that. All our security apparatus and intelligence are in place in readiness for the championship.” Nkaissery was quoted as saying.