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Lagos to Host 22nd African Athletics Championships

Thirty-two years after hosting the sixth edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships, Lagos has been confirmed as the host of the 22nd edition billed to hold between June 23and 27, 2021 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

Since the inception of the ASAC, this year will be the third time Nigeria will be hosting the Championship. Lagos (1989) being the first in Nigeria hosted the sixth edition, while Asaba (2018) hosted the 21st edition.

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

In a statement issued in Cairo, Egypt yesterday, 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.

“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 Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Confederation of African Athletics, are fully committed and working in 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, will be made public,” read the statement.

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