Nigeria Hosts 22nd African Athletics Championships

Lagos, Nigeria has been confirmed the host of the 22nd edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships after thirty-two years.

Nigeria is poised to host the Championships in the megacity of Lagos from 23 June to 27 June, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, with auxiliary support to be provided at the National Stadium, Surulere and the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, both in Lagos.

The Senior Athletics Championships is set to hold between June 23 and 27, 2021.

In a statement issued in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, Kalkaba Malboum, President of the Confederation of African Athletics and Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development of Nigeria, the Centre of Excellence was affirmed to host the crème de la crème of African athletics in an event that will serve as the last qualifying event for African athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Challenges relating to the hosting of the 21st African Athletics Championships in Nigeria, were fully deliberated upon and modalities for a successful hosting of the Championships were carefully mapped out.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Confederation of African Athletics, have pledged full commitments and synergy towards the delivery of a world-class Championships.

In the coming days, more comprehensive details regarding the successful hosting of the Championships in Lagos, Nigeria, are expected to be made public.

This will be the third time Nigeria will be hosting the Championship after Lagos (1989) and Asaba (2018) hosted the sixth and the 21st editions respectively.

Nigeria has now tied with Egypt as one of the two African countries to host the championships three times since the inaugural edition in 1979 in Dakar, Senegal.


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