Arthur Quaqua, a 17-year-old sprinter, will represent Liberia at the 2021 World Athletic U20 Championship in Kenya, the Liberia Athletic Federation has confirmed.
Quaqua was selected as a quota athlete, as no junior athlete from Liberia met the qualification standard for events at the competition.
The young sprinter will participate in the men’s 100m event.
This will mark Quaqua’s second international competition appearance after he made his debut at the international stage in May of this year, when he was selected as one of Liberia’s four representatives to the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region II Championships in Kaduna, Nigeria.
The World Athletics U20 Championships is a biennial world championship for the sport of athletics organized by the World Athletics, contested by athletes in the under-20 athletics age category (19 years old or younger).
The competition was launched as the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in 1986 and renamed to IAAF World U20 Championships in November 2015. The current name was adapted with the name change of the sport’s governing body in 2019.
The competition will take place from August 17 to 22, 2021 at the Nyayo Sports Complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
At least 1,462 athletes from 156 nations, plus two teams are expected to participate in 44 events at the competition.