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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.

 

Credit: Dorcas, National Heritage News

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 www.caaasaba2018.com 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • 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 https://caaasaba2018.com.ng/media-accreditation/ to fill form online.

If you have any questions, please contact: olukayodethomas@caaasaba2018.com or kayuze@yahoo.com

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

ASABA 2018 MASCOT CHALLENGE – A REWARD FOR CREATIVITY

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, www.caaasaba2018.com.ng, 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.

CAA Council Meeting, Morocco, 2017.

Bukola Olopade, MD Nilayo Sports Management Ltd, Tony Okowa, Commissioner for youth and sports Delta State, Sebastian Cole, IAAF president, Solomon Ogba. Executive chairman Loc Asaba 2018 all at the year till date presentation on African Senior Athletics Championship during the CAA Council Meeting, Morocco.

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.

South African Caster Semenya claims third world 800m title

South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the women’s 800m on Sunday.

Semenya, the defending Olympic champion and also world champion in 2009 and 2011, timed 1min 55.16sec, the fastest time of the year so far.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist and world indoor champion, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65).

“I just love you guys!” Semenya said in an address to the sell-out 60,000 seater London Stadium crowd.
“It feels like home in London. I used to say Berlin was like my home. Obviously it is South Africa, but there are such fantastic people here. Beautiful.”

Semenya added: “I’m lucky to have a great support team who work with me. Full credit to them. Another world title is a fantastic honour for me and I love to do it here in London.

“The crowd are so welcoming to me and it makes it feel even more special.”
Semenya hinted that it would now be time to tackle the world record of 1:53.28 set by Jarmila Kratochvilova back in 1983.

“We need to clear 1:55 first and it will require a lot of hard training,” she said.

“I have Olympic, world and Commonwealth titles now so maybe it is time to target the world record. It’s the next thing on the list. I know it will be difficult but I will have to attempt soon, maybe.”

In the race itself, Wilson went out fast, with Niyonsaba on her coattails and Semenya happy to sit back in the pack. The South African was fifth going through the bell in a fast pace of 57.98sec.
Wilson made a move with 250 metres to run, Kenya’s Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Wambui immediately falling off pace.
Hitting the home straight, Wilson and Niyonsaba were neck and neck before Semenya moved smoothly outside the lead duo and motored through the line for a convincing victory.

Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals.

The 26-year-old South African was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.

Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double.

Semenya, who stands to be awarded the 2012 Olympic gold medal after Russian winner Mariya Savinova was disqualified for doping, now has to await further meetings between the IAAF and CAS to discover if she again has to take testosterone suppressing medication.

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.”