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Wayde Van Niekerk takes 200m silver but feels ‘disrespected’ by Makwala

Wayde van Niekerk said he felt upset and disrespected by his rival Isaac Makwala who suggested he was part of a conspiracy that saw the Botswana athlete excluded from the 400m final.

The usually calm Van Niekerk was visibly tearful and angry, speaking after taking 200m silver behind the shock victor, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey. He dismissed Makwala’s assertion that athletics’ world governing body the IAAF had unfairly quarantined him with a sickness bug to pave the way for Van Niekerk to take 400m gold.

“It really did upset me a bit because I have always shown him massive respect and for him to mention my name in something fishy, as an IAAF favourite is unfair,” said Van Niekerk, “I’ve been putting out great performances for the last two years now so I think I deserve way more respect from my competitors. I want to compete and I’m not here to make friends, so I learned a great lesson, to focus on myself and not letting negative things affect me.”

Meanwhile, the newly crowned champion Guliyev was forced to defend Turkey’s record on doping. The 26-year-old, who switched allegiance to Turkey from Azerbaijan in 2011, completed a lap of honour draped in flags from both countries, taking gold in 20.09sec. There are legitimate questions about his adopted country’s record on doping with four of the nine Turkish track and field finalists at London 2012 banned for doping either before or subsequently.

In a newspaper interview last week, Paula Radcliffe called for drastic action to be taken. She said: “When you look at those [cheats] from 2012, then 80% of those come from four countries: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus. But only one of those countries has been banned. That has to go further.”

Defenders of Guliyev would point out he ran 20.04 to win the European Junior Championships in 2009 while still running for Azerbaijan and his best time as a youth athlete of 19.93 has been bettered only by Usain Bolt.

“Every athlete is choosing their own way,” he said, “nobody is pushing anyone to do anything the right way or the wrong way, you are responsible for your own actions.”


GAC Motors backs 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships with N800m

The dream of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships to organize a championship where the host city, Asaba and Delta State Government will not have to bear hundred percent of the costs has started yielding fruits as GAC Motors, one of China’s largest automakers, has backed the championships with a sponsorship deal worth N800 million.

In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media and Publicity of the LOC Championships and made available to Daily Trust, says the deal was brokered by Hon Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited.

The company is the championships’ Official Consultant and Marketer.

Olopade, who is also a member of the LOC, revealed that GAC Motors is the first sponsor to back the Asaba CAA African Senior Championships slated for next summer.

Said Olopade, “Once the management of GAC Motors realized that the main beneficiary of the championships will be youths from Nigeria and other parts of Africa, they quickly keyed into it and they are giving support worth N800m. This is massive. They are the first organization to back the project. This is sign that we will be able to fulfill our promise that we will have championships whose cost will not be borne by the host city and Delta State Government alone but also by Corporate Nigeria.”

Olopade urged other members of Corporate Nigeria to emulate GAC Motors and back the Asaba 2018 Championships.

He also urged Nigerians, especially the working class, to patronize GAC Motors, a youth-friendly company so that they can do more for Nigerian youths, “I urge Nigerians to patronize their cars which are pocket-friendly, fuel efficient and beautiful. Our patronage will enable them to do more for Nigerians not only in athletics but also in football and the entertainment industry which they have invested heavily in and others.>

Olopade said there are opportunities for other brands who intend to be part of the championships

“The 2018 edition of CAA African Athletics Championships also serve as trials for the highly competitive and lucrative 2018 IAAF World Cup in Athletics, so the cream de la cream of African athletes and global leaders of the sport including the IAAF President Seb Coe and others athletics great will be in Asaba, this guarantees huge exposure for top brands. There are also many lead up activities and post championships activities that guarantee continuous mileage and exposure”.

Culled from The Daily Trust

Delta State to host 2018 CAA African Senior Championships

The Delta State government has expressed its readiness to host the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships billed to hold in Nigeria next year.

The Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, assured the President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, that the state will host the best championship ever, during the latter’s visit to the state on Monday, March 21st.

Kalkaba was hosted in the office of the Governor alongside his entourage which included his wife; President of the Athletics Federations of Nigeria (AFN) Solomon Ogba; African Record holder in the women’s 400m Falilat Ogunkoya, and AFN’s Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas amongst others.

Okowa noted that although Nigerians love Football more, Athletics engages more youth than any other sport, thus the need to encourage more young people to get involved in Track and Field.

The Governor also stated that with good planning, it is possible to organise and put together a good and memorable show, and revealed that Delta State will soon unveil its plans for a successful hosting.

He said, “Thank God the championship is next year. Delta is ready to work with the AFN and CAA to put together a world class event, and we are looking forward to a successful hosting.”

On his part, the CAA President thanked the Governor for being ready to host the rest of the continent. He noted that the Niger Delta region, especially Delta State, is very important to the CAA due to the abundance of talent in the region.

Kalkaba pointed out that the 2018 Senior Athletics Championships is very important as the representatives for Africa to the World Cup will be selected in Delta, so Africa’s best will be competing in the oil-rich city.

He said the CAA is ready to offer the required assistance to make Asaba 2018 a world class event like they did in 2013 during the inaugural African Youth Athletics Championships (AYAC) held in Warri.

Delta State has produced some notable athletes including Beijing 2008 Silver medallist and Commonwealth Record holder (100m) Blessing Okagbare; two-time African Long Jump Champion and Commonwealth GOLD medallist Ese Brume, and African Juniors double sprint Champion Divine Oduduru.