Kenya among six African nations to bid for World Athletics Championships

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-09 19:53:31|Editor: Zhou Xin
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NAIROBI, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) President Hamad Malboum Kalkaba is confident the continent will stage the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

Kalkaba in a statement said Kenya, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa have the potential and capacity to stage the premier track and field competition.

Doha of Qatar will host the 2019 championships before Eugene in United States takes the honors for the 2021 edition. For the 2023 event, Hungarian capital Budapest holds the favorite tag.

"One of these six countries has the economic potential to host the World Championships," said the Cameroonian, who is also an IAAF vice president.

Kalkaba confirmed that IAAF President Sebastian Coe is supportive of his plans and hopes to change a perception that Africa poses a greater security risk than other places.

The two are in Rabat, Morocco for the CAA congress where there will be an extraordinary congress devoted exclusively to the examination of the CAA constitution on Monday before the Ordinary Congress on Tuesday. Status of athletics in Africa will also be discussed.

Malboum pointed out at the success of World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda in March and the World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi (July) as true reflection of the continent's potential to hold bigger championships.

However, in both championships several countries, including United States, Australia, Britain, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada - withdrawing prior to the latter event due to security fears.

Africa has also moved up the ladder to join the league of continent's hosting the one-day Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Moroccan joining on Europe, Asia and USA who form part of the 14-tier competition.

An African country has never hosted the World Championships, the sport's flagship event, despite the huge success of its athletes in the competition.

"We think that 2023 will come too early for Africa, but in 2025 we have a real chance," said Kalkaba.