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Media Accreditation Process Opens For Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships

Dear Media Friends and Partners,

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

The Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships is launching the media accreditation procedure for written press, photojournalists and other non-right holder members of the press intending to cover the championships.

Media representatives will be able to apply for accreditation via the Asaba 2018 website from Tuesday April 3, 2018.

We kindly advise that you fill out one registration form for each member of your team; group or team application will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications for media accreditation, media car park sticker and media hotel accommodation is June 30, 2018.

International media news agencies in Nigeria (CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, AFP, AP, Reuters, and others) will be contacted by the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of the Local Organizing Committee in due course.

Please be informed that accreditation is not automatic, not all applications will be granted.

The Media and Publicity Sub-Committee has set criteria for applicants.

Pedigree in the coverage of athletics is one of them.

The quota for photographers is limited; photojournalists from national and international media houses and agencies will be given preference.

Please be aware that the Asaba 2018 LOC Security Sub-Committee has decided that a background check is mandatory for each person applying for media accreditation.

The security clearance is a prerequisite for the approval of accreditation request by the Chairman of the LOC after successful screening of applicant by the Security Sub-Committee.

Approved accreditation applications will be activated at the Main Accreditation Centre against a valid identity proof.

Opening dates and times will be communicated soon.


  • Non Rights Holders will only be allowed to bring cameras and/or recording equipment onto the event site for the purpose of carrying out non live reports.
  • There will be no access with this camera to the stands or any location with view to the live action.
  • No live commentary or reporting
  • No access to stadium TV dedicated areas (commentary positions, unilateral TV mixed zone, TV common mixed zone) without approval from Media and Publicity Sub-Committee Chairman
  • Access to the written press part of the mixed zone with cameras/video-recording equipment will need the approval of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee Chairman
  • Access to official press conferences with cameras/video-recording equipment only if approved by the Media Sub-Committee of the LOC
  • Access to non-tabled seating in the media tribune subject to availability
  • Access to the media center for written press will be on first come basis
  • No private offices or studios
  • No access to warm-up/training areas with cameras/video-recording equipment unless approved by the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee Chairman
  • Photojournalists must apply for locker
  • All Non Rights Holders will be required to sign an undertaking before being granted accreditation.
  • Breach of any of the Conditions of Access will result in being expelled from the Stadium and their accreditation being revoked.
  • Accommodation: Deadline for booking accommodation in the official media hotels is June 30 2018.
  • Visa requirements: For Media Friends outside Nigeria, your accreditation will serve as your visa.

Visit to fill form online.

If you have any questions, please contact: or

Yours Faithfully,
Olukayode Abimbola Thomas,
Chairman Media and Publicity Sub-Committee,
Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.


As part of activities leading to the African Senior Athletics Championship 2018, set to be hosted in Nigeria, in the city of Asaba, Delta State, the ASABA 2018 MASCOT CHALLENGE, is a creative engagement, put together with the primary aim of developing the perfect mascot for the athletics games before it’s resumption in 2018.

Managed by Nilayo Sports management, organizers of ASABA 2018, the mascot challenge is strictly for Delta State indigenes, who are expected to create mascots which tell a story and have a relatable origin, as they look to clinch the grand prize of ONE MILLION NAIRA, set aside for the winning concept.

Entries for the ASABA 2018 MASCOT CHALLENGE, open on the 15th of December and end on the 5th of January, 2018, after which the first 10 entries will be selected by votes across social media.

These 10 entries, will be hosted and promoted on the event website,, after which, the final 3 entries selected by votes and the eventual winner, selected by the Local Organizing Committee.

The ASABA 2018 MASCOT CHALLENGE, is a competition that is set to unleash, recognize and reward creativity through the power of engagement and story-telling.

Delta will surpass AYAC record – Solomon Ogba

The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, has assured sports fans that the people and government of Delta State will beat its own record set in 2013 when it hosted the inaugural African Youth Athletics Championships (AYAC) which was adjudged by local and international athletics aficionados as the best ever.
Ogba told our correspondent over the weekend that Delta is committed to hosting the best African Senior Championships ever. “When we hosted AYAC, it was adjudged the best ever by CAA officials and other athletics buffs. We shall do the same with the Asaba 2018 Championships. From football to athletics, Delta State is used to hosting the world and we have competent managers who have observed and worked at the highest levels of sports organization from the Olympics Games to IAAF World Championships, Commonwealth Games and others. We have capable hands and in Delta, sports is a way of life, our people are passionate about sports’’.
Ogba, who is also the President of the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, said the LOC will give Team Nigeria all the assistance they need so that Nigeria can host and win.
“Nigeria sits up top in the all time African Senior Athletics Championships medals table and we are not ready to surrender that lead, especially when we are hosting, so all hands will be on deck to ensure that Team Nigeria performs great enough to win. We shall assist the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in preparing athletics for the championships.”
The LOC Chairman also revealed that new members will be inducted into the CAA Hall of Fame in Asaba,
“Beyond the championships proper, Asaba 2018 will be a celebration of athletics as the who is who in athletics worldwide will be in Asaba to celebrate our sports in Delta State’’ said Ogba.

CAA President confirms 1st – 5th of August, 2018 for ASABA 2018 Championship

The Africa Senior Athletics Championship will hold from 1st to 5 August 2018, in Asaba as confirmed by the President of the Confederation of African Athletes.

The CAA Council will be meeting on Monday, 30 July 2018 while the Africa Athletics Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, 31 July 2018.

The Championships will officially kick off on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 with the opening ceremony, and will close on Sunday, 5 August with the closing ceremony.

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.