Nigeria has signed up to host this year’s African Athletics Championships after planned host Algeria had to postpone the biennial event for the third time earlier this month due to COVID-19 concerns.
The event will now take place in Lagos from June 23-27, offering athletes the opportunity to meet the Tokyo 2020 qualifying standards before June 29
Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports and President of the Confederation of African Athletics, Kalkaba Malboum, met in Cairo to mark the relocation of the event, which last took place in the Nigerian city of Asaba in 2018, to the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos discuss.
Their meeting coincided with the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.
Lagos welcomes Africa! The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) tonight announced Lagos as the host city for the 22nd edition of the African Seniors Championships. The Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere has been selected as the venue for the biennial event. pic.twitter.com/Y4MDH8qj2D
– Making of Champions (@MakingOfChamps) May 25, 2021
“The Federal Ministry for Youth and Sports Development and the Association of African Athletics are fully committed to the implementation of world championships,” said a joint statement.
“Fuller details on the successful hosting of the championships in Lagos, Nigeria will be released in the coming days.”
The biennial event should have taken place in 2020 but has been postponed for June 1-5 in Oran before being rescheduled again to June 22-26 in Algiers, before the Algerian Ministry of Youth and Sport on May 14 stated that another postponement was needed. “due to the health situation, which is characterized by a resurgence of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the risk of the spread of new variants”.
The organizers of the 2018 African Championships in Asaba were heavily criticized as some early events were canceled because around 300 athletes from 20 countries were stranded at Lagos Airport after failing to organize domestic transfers.