NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) has
announced plans to start an annual one day Africa tour meeting,
which is similar to the Diamond League in order to provide more
competition for the continent’s sportsmen.
This follows a
successful dry run that was held in Asaba, Nigeria last week
where at least seven countries send in their athletes to compete
at the meeting, on the sidelines of the Africa championships,
which starts Wednesday in Nigeria.
Rabat in Morocco has one leg of the 14-teir Diamond League. The
African Tour Meet will seek to have the best African talent on
The trial event,
which was staged in Asaba, Nigeria, was organized by the Local
Organizing Committee (LOC) of the African Senior Athletics
In a statement, CAA
President Malboum Kalkaba said the African Tour will help expose
Head of Media and Publicity for Asaba 2018 said on Tuesday South
Africa, Mozambique, Togo, Ghana, Uganda and Senegal participate
in the one day meet.
The test competition
serves as a dress rehearsal for the Asaba 2018 championships.
“We are ready to
show the world a glimpse of what they should expect at this
year’s African Championships,” said Yussuf Alli, Technical
Director for Asaba 2018.
Alli, a two time
African Long jump champion added that the Tour Meet is also
meant to test run the facilities in place as well as evaluate
the personnel that would man them during the African
Rabat 2010, Gaborone 2014 and Algiers 2018, the fourth edition
of the Africa Youth Games will take place in Maseru, Lesotho in
The games, which are
reserved for athletes under 18-years-old serves as the
qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games.
This year the top
athletes qualified for the Youth Olympics, which will be held in
Buenos Aires from Oct. 6-18. About 3,000 boys and girls aged 14
to 18 from 54 countries and regions competed in 30 disciplines.