Asaba 2018: Okagbare In Action As Team Nigeria Win Three More Gold Medals

After pulling out of the 100m and 200m events, Blessing Okagbare was on the tracks in the Day 3 of action at the ongoing African Senior Athletics Championships and she made her presence count; helping Nigeria to a gold medal in the 4x100m women’s event.

The gold medal-winning quartet for Nigeria had youngster, Joy Udo-Gabriel starting off in grand style before Okagbare took the second leg and handed nicely to Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma held her own to give Nigeria a precious gold medal ahead of the Ivorian quartet led by Ahuriele Ta Lou.

The Nigerian ladies posted an impressive time of 43.77secs.

“ We thank God almighty for our team winning the gold, this is a collective effort, we all put in our best to give Nigeria gold and we are happy we delivered,” Okagbare told journalists after the race.

In the men’s 4x100m, Nigeria with a time of 38.74secs settled for second place behind South Africa who so far are dominating the proceedings in Asaba.

There was more celebration for Nigeria in the field events with homegirl, Ese Brume leaping to gold with 6.83m.

In the Women’s Discuss, Onyekwere Chioma got gold with a throw of 58.09m while her compatriot Okoro Chinwe got silver with her throw 57.37m.

Meanwhile, African athletes competing at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship have expressed delight at the electric atmosphere inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium since the competition began on Wednesday.

As promised by the Local Organsing Committee Chairman, Solomon Ogba there has been a huge turnout of fans at the stadium since Day 1 and the African stars on parade have given thumbs up to the Asaba fans.

Africa’s fastest man at the moment, Akanni Simbine who won the 100m event said it was not only a delight to win the gold medal but to also be in Nigeria.

Simbine described Nigeria as a sports-loving country, owing to the level of interest shown by the people since the commencement of the ongoing 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta.

He said: “If Nigeria can start preparations on time by putting good logistics in place and doing all the necessary things, they can host the rest of the world in athletics.

“The fans here are wonderful and very cheerful, which is also part of the glamour of major athletics meets in the world. So, if Nigeria can get the other things right, they can host the world,” he suggested.

Caster Semenya who won the gold medal in the 400m Women’s event also hailed the high spirits of Delta state fans that have been thronging the Stephen Keshi stadium in large numbers since Wednesday.

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Asaba 2018: Team Nigeria Wins Three Gold On Final Day Team Nigeria ended their campaign on a blistering note at the 21st Senior Athletics Championships; winning three gold medals on the final day of action at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.

The last set of gold medals for Nigeria came in the Triple Jump Event, 400m Women’s Hurdles Event and the 4x400m Women’s Relay event. Though Nigeria won a silver medal in the 200m event and two more bronze medals in the javelin men and 4x400m men’s event it was not enough to give Nigeria a better finish in the biennial athletics championships as the hosts finished third overall on the medals table same way it was at the last edition in Durban 2016. Team Nigeria had a total medal haul of nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Team Kenya were the overall champion at Asaba 2018 as the East Africans finished strongly on the final day; ending the championship with 11 Gold medal six silver and two bronze medals. South Africa who led for most of the five-day event settled for second place with nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Morocco and Ethiopia complete the list of the top five teams. For the first time in the history of the African championships, athletes from Nigeria and other African countries will not just go home with their
medals, but with monetary reward.

The Local Organizing Committee of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship on Sunday revealed prize money for athletes who won medals in Asaba.

Speaking in Asaba, LOC Chairman Solomon Ogba announced that athletes who won gold medal will get a cash prize of $3000 each. Ogba added that silver medalists will be rewarded with ($2000), whilebronze medalists will smile home with ($1000). Over 120 medals were won at the 2018 African Senior Athletics
Championship, tagged Asaba 2018. The next edition of the championship will be taking place in Algeria.

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Dear Media Partner,

Below are the media partners accredited to cover the CAA Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships. The Media and Publicity Committee received over 400 applications but we could not accredit them all.

Bear with us if your name is not on the list. We wish we could accredit everybody, but that would have been impossible.

If your name is not on this list, you could still cover the Championships from the spectators’ stand, team hotels and other areas.

For those accredited, the process is very simple. Come to the Media Center at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on July 29, 2018 with your proof of identification and a letter from your Sports Editor.

For foreign journalists, the Nigeria Immigration does not accept accreditation as visa but they issue visa at point of entry, which we will process for you.

For us to do that, we need your international passport and your flight schedule, at least a week before your departure date.

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CAA Asaba 2018: Jim Ovia, Others Set For Fund Raising Dinner Thursday

The Delta State government and the Local Organizing Committee’s intention to drive the CAA Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Champions as a private sector championship will get more flesh on Thursday as a fund-raising dinner will be held at the Grand Hotel Asaba.

Mr. Jim Ovia former Chairman and Managing Director of Zenith Bank PLC will be the chairman at the fund-raising event and would be supported by captains of industries, bankers, diplomats and other VVIPS. According to a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head of Media and Publicity, the fund-raising event will start at Bukola Olopade the Project Consultant for CAA Asaba 2018 commended all the sponsors that have already signed on for the African Championships while urging others to follow suit because of the positive impacts of sports on the society and general development.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa also visited the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Wednesday to see the finishing touches being put in place at the edifice. The Governor stated that he was very impressed with what he saw as there have been serious improvements compared to the last time when he came for his routine inspection exercise.

Gov. Okowa who was accompanied by all his cabinet for Wednesday’s visit said he was very sure that in six days’ time that work  would have been completed fully by the 17th and ready for use for the test championships fixed for July 18. While applauding all the workers and the LOC members for a job welldone, the Governor cleared the air that his frequent inspection of the stadium was not because he does not trust the capabilities of those incharge but that it is a demonstration of how he is personally committed to the project.

In his remark, the LOC Chairman Solomon Ogba thanked the governor for his unflinching support and dedication that has helped made the Stephen Keshi stadium a reality and the African Senior Athletics Championship one which the continent is eagerly waiting for.

The Executive Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Tony Okowa, AFN President Ibrahim Gusau among others were all on hand to receive the governor.

Asaba is ready for Africa

Gungaram Vivian, the vice president of the Confederation of African Athletics, CAA, is happy with what the Delta state government and the Local Organising Committee have put in place for the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships.

Gungaram during his inspection of the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Monday expressed satisfaction on what is on ground.

“What has been put in place here is not just good for the CAA standard, but good enough for the IAAF, you can organize a World Championships with this equipment,” he said.

“This is my second visit for inspection, and after going around the facilities, I can see there has been a lot of work done compared to the last time I visited, things have moved very fast, even some of the things not initially on the plans were cropping up like the warm-up track, which will be good for the athletes training.

“I am sure it will be ready latest by July 18 for the African tour which will be a dress rehearsal for the main championships in August.”

The championship is billed to take place in Asaba between August 1 and 5.

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African Athletics Championship: Organisers confirm delivery of essential equipments

The Head of Technical for the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships dubbed Asaba 2018, Yussuf Alli, has confirmed the full delivery of all the equipment needed to host the biennial championship.

Alli said he was very excited that the equipment delivered for Asaba 2018 are the best available anywhere in the world and some even surpass the required standard to host the African championship.

“We have all the equipment delivered to us already, in some areas we even have more than what is needed from us,” he said.

“I can tell you for fact that the sets of equipment we have on the ground are even good enough to host the World Championships,” an elated Alli said as the installation of some of the equipment were being carried out.

Alli, a former African Long Jump record holder, noted that the Delta State government deserved huge commendations as they have chosen to raise the bar by getting World Class equipment for the African championships.

“What Delta State has presently, no state in the country has anything close and it only shows the commitment of the governor and his cabinet to consciously invest in sports and by extension, youth development.

“Right now, I can tell you that Delta State is super ready to host the African championships and even If Nigeria is called upon today to host the World Championships, we are equal to the task” Alli assured.

With the African Senior Athletics Champions now itching closer, the Local Organising Committee has scheduled a crucial meeting for Wednesday.

The meeting, according to the scribe for the LOC, Akawo Amechi, will take place at the LOC Secretariat (Delta State Football House) on Maryam Babangida Way, Asaba, Delta State by 10 a.m.

Among other things, the LOC members will be embarking on a fresh inspection tour of hotels and other facilities that will all be used for the Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship.

Zenith Bank is official sponsor of Asaba Athletics Championship

Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, Zenith Bank Plc, is now the official sponsor of the Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship.

In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas on behalf of the Local Organising Committee, LOC for Asaba 2018, he said Zenith Bank was the preferred choice as official sponsor due to the bank’s impeccable track record.

“Zenith Bank was the preferred choice because of their commitment to the country, Delta state, sports development and even youth empowerment which we have seen the results across the country,” he said.

The deal with Zenith Bank was brokered by the Championship Consultant and Head of Brand and Communication, Mr. Bukola Olopade, who is the Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Limited.

Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship is one of the biggest athletics events for this year 2018, as it will serve as trials for the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup in Czech Republic.

Top names in the African athletics scene including the likes of Isaac Makwala, Marie-Josée Ta Lou, Caster Semenya, Wayde Van Niekerk, Akani Simbine, Julius Yego and of course stars from the home front, Blessing Okagbare, Tobiloba Amusan, Divine Oduduru among others are all expected to light up the tracks in Asaba.

They urged other brands to emulate Zenith Bank as the African Championships like sports in general help to engage the youth and give them a platform to rightly channel their energy and make the best off it.

Already, organisers have promised that like Delta State did when it hosted the Africa Youth Athletics Championships, AYAC and produced tops stars like Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and Divine Oduduru among others, much more will be achieved at the Asaba 2018 Championships.

The Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship will hold from August 1-5, 2018.