Sh2 million Safaricom Media Centre inspires journalists
Nairobi, 3 October
The Media Centre and Media Tribune at the Nyayo National Stadium have been set up to world class standards for the Kip Keino Classic.
The facilities, courtesy of a Sh2 million sponsorship by mobile telephone giants Safaricom, are supposed to be used by local and world media during the Kip Keino Classic and will remain operational beyond the event.
A high-speed Wifi and fibre capable of uploading and downloading heavy data to the rest of the world, has been installed at the two facilities to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Journalists will follow the action via four large TV monitors and miniature screens in front of their work station cubicles designed according to World Athletics and Ministry of Health Covid-19 medical protocols.
The Press Tribune next to the Presidential dais has also been constructed using World Athletics standard designs and will also be supplemented with computer plug-in and four TV monitors to bring the action closer to the media personnel.
The Mixed Zone situated at the main gate in the east is also well designed and compliant with the Covid-19 protocols.
The idea, according to Meet Director, Barnaba Korir, is to ensure Kenya follow laid down procedures and this will be a test for the media team to prove to the rest of the world that the Kenyans have come of age to mingle with the best in the world.
Live TV broadcast production is being handled by NTV.
“For the last 20 years Safaricom has been a big supporter of athletics in Kenya and we are really excited to be part of this event which gives Kenyans an opportunity to see our athletes live in action after a long break. We remain committed to being part of the athletics scene in the country and we look forward to supporting more events in the future,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom.
Safaricom, has over the last 20 years, invested close to Sh1 billion in athletics and recently brought together their events under the banner of the Safaricom Athletics Series.