Head of Technical for the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships, Yussuf Alli has declared that Asaba, Delta State and indeed Nigeria is now fully ready to host the rest of the continent in its flagship Track and Field competition.
In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media, and Publicity for Asaba 2018, Alli stated that after months of working round the clock to get things done, Asaba is now fully ready to host Africa’s best athletes.
“Yes, we are fully ready to host Africa now, after the recent test event (African Tour) that was held to test run our facilities, we have corrected the few lapses we saw and now we are good to go,” the former Africa record holder in the men’s Long Jump event stated.
Alli said he is confident of a good show from the African athletes that would be on parade; adding that there would be much excitement on and off the pitch of action.
“I am happy that the participating countries are taking this championship serious and with the facilities we have put in place, one can only expect the best of athletics from 1st to 5th August,” Alli assured.
During the last inspection exercise of facilities by officials of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Asaba is deemed not just to have met the continent’s requirement but it was asserted that the facilities on the ground can also host a world championship.
South Africa are the defending champions of this biennial athletics championship and while they are hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins in Nigeria, they are braced for a tough battle with the likes of Kenya and of course, hosts Nigeria.