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Kenya Dominated At The World Athletics Championships and Now It Wants to Host the 2023 Games

After coming in second place overall in the World Athletics Championship this year, Kenya is vying to become the first African country to host the games in 2023.

Kenya was the most successful African country at this year's World Athletics Championships in London. Kenyan athletes raked in 11 medals total—five gold, two silver, and four bronze—coming in second place overall in the event, reports Konbini. South Africa finished in third place with six medals.


Given all of its success in the athletics sphere, Kenya is now vying to host the 2023 games.

"We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions," Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario told the Daily Mail.

"Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championships in Beijing in 2015. It is only fitting that we should be the first country to bring the championships to Africa," he continued.

He spoke of Kenya's plans to grow it's sports sector even more in the upcoming years. "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."

We're rooting for you, Kenya!

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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