The IAAF world under 18 championship opening ceremony was was presided over by the President in a short and crisp ceremony without the usual camaraderie and elaborate display often witnessed in other global events such as the world championships, Fifa World Cup, and the Olympics.
The 30-minute opening ceremony started at 4.30pm with the Kenyan national anthem and that of the East Africa Legislative Assembly by the State band.
It was followed by a colourful march-past of hundreds of school pupils, who started at the stadium’s main entrance into the arena while displaying and waving the flags of the 131 participating countries.
As the pupils formed a circle inside the refurbished games arena, acrobats displayed their breathtaking artistic skills that left spectators in awe.
Championships patron and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta stole the show while flanked by former and current world beaters including world 800m record holder David Rudisha, world javelin champion Julius Yego, and former marathon world champion Douglas Wakiihuri.
Others were former Olympics steeplechase champion Julius Kariuki, former national hurdle ace Rose Tata Muya, Olympics marathon silver medallist Catherine Ndereba, IOC Peace Ambassador Tegla Loroupe, and former world 3000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono.