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.

CAA Officials Express Satisfaction With Host’ Preparation

Officials of the Confederation of African Athletics, CAA over the weekend inspected facilities being put in place to host the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State.

Gungaram Gerard Vivian who is the Vice President of the CAA and Lamine Faty – Chief Executive Officer of the African Athletics body were both on the ground to ascertain Nigeria’s readiness for the biennial championship.

On Sunday, the CAA officials went around the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi Stadium; visiting the warm-up area, main track, media area, technical, VIP and the VVIP rooms.

The inspection team also visited the equipment room to see firsthand the apparatus that have been acquired by the hosts.

After an extensive exercise, the CAA officials expressed great satisfaction with what was on the ground; noting that the equipment already in place are not only new but they are the required standard for the African championship.

According to a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media, and Publicity for Asaba 2018, the visiting CAA officials were elated that the hosts have even more than what is required of them for the continental championship.

The CAA officials were taken round by the Head of Technical for Asaba 2018, Yussuf Alli who explained in detail the innovations being planned to make the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships the best ever.

In his remark, Vivian who also doubles as the Director Technical of the CAA commended the LOC for how far they have gone and what they already have in place.

He, however, called on Alli and his team to hasten work in few areas still lacking.

The LOC Chairman, Solomon Ogba thanked the CAA officials for the visit and assured that the Delta State Government is leaving no stone unturned in making Asaba 2018 a memorable one.

“I must say the Governor is personally interested in this project and he has been giving us all the support needed, Asaba 2018 will bring lasting legacies to Delta State” he assured.

Apart from Ogba, those on the facilities tour inspection with the CAA officials include the Asaba 2018 the LOC Vice Chairman Tony Okowa, Consultant to the championship, Bukola Olopade and Head of Security sub-committee, Commodore Omatesye Nesiama.


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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.