Edoki (Left) celebrates his 2013 African Youth Championships GOLD in the Triple Jump.

The African U-18 Championships initially billed to hold in Equatorial Guinea from June 27th to July 2nd, has been postponed following the change in date of the African U-20 Championships.

It will be recalled that the U-20 Championships to be hosted by Algeria was first slated for March, before being shifted to May 12th to 17th.

However, following requests from several federations for a later date, the competition has now been fixed for June 29th to July 2nd, thus clashing with the initial date for the U-18 tournament.

Making of Champions sought for some clarification from the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) as to whether a new date has been approved for the U-18 Championships. CAA Secretary General, Lamine Faty replied via email:

“The U-18 Championships are postponed that’s why the U-20 takes the same dates”, he said.  “We will look for a new host country and new dates will be chosen after. Equatorial Guinea is not ready to host.”

Going by this development, the possibility of staging of the African U-18 Championships before the final edition of the IAAF World U-18 Championships scheduled for July 12th to 16th in Kenya, appears shaky.

Ideally, the continental event should serve as preparations for the global competition. However, it remains to be seen if a new host will be confirmed for the competition before the World U-18 Championships.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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