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Glitzy Kasarani stadium as you have never seen it – PHOTOS

Social media is bubbling with excitement as Kenya welcomes the sporting world for the IAAF World U18 Championships at a refurbished Kasarani Stadium.

The four day field and track competition, which is a strict preserve of athletes aged below 18, kicks off Thursday, with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First lady Margaret Kenyatta among dignitaries expected to the opening ceremony.

In readiness for the event, the 60,000 seater Kasarani stadium has undergone a major facelift to meet the required standards of hosting the more than 2,000 athletes and officials.

Among the changes include the pulling down of Safaricom logos at the venue, laying of an appealing blue tartan track, installing of floodlights and cleaning up the 30-year old facility almost to sparkling new.

Significantly, Kenyan athletes are tipped to continue their dominance in this discipline, and especially in the middle and long distance races.