Simbine competing in the men's 100m at the 2016 African Athletics Senior championships

Top officials of the Confederation of Africa Athletics, CAA, will this weekend visit Asaba, Delta State, to inspect and evaluate the facilities being put in place to host the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships.

Those expected in Asaba for the fact-finding mission include Lamine Faty – Chief Executive Officer of the African Athletics body, as well as Gungaram Gerard Vivian who is the Director Technical of the CAA and member IAAF Technical Commission.

In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head of Media and Publicity for Asaba 2018, he said the CAA officials are coming to town to have firsthand information, progress reports and generally see how prepared Delta State is to host the rest of the African continent.

“Yes, the CAA officials will be coming in this weekend to see the level of work that has been done. They will be going around and also have meetings with top Delta State officials”, he said.

Thomas revealed that the CAA delegation will be officially welcomed to Nigeria by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) ChairmanSolomon Ogba, who has assured that all the world-class facilities meant for the African championships will be on the ground way before the deadline given.

The Delta State government is leaving no stone unturned as they look forward to putting together the best African Senior Athletics Championships ever.

Already over 25 countries have registered almost 1000 athletes for Asaba 2018 and many more entries are still being expected.

South Africa are the defending champions, having won the last two editions hosted in Marrakech, Morocco, and Durban, South Africa.

The Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, will host the Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships from August 1-5.

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor 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 African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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