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The next African Athletics Championships, already postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to Covid-19, have been postponed from the start (1-5) to the end of June and should be held in Algiers instead of Oran. This event should serve as a springboard for many African athletes for the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8).
The 22nd African Athletics Championships are struggling to get set up. This 22nd edition, initially scheduled for 2020, had been postponed to 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) and the Algerian authorities had agreed on a rally in Oran from 1 to 5 June. But we will have to postpone and relocate this major sporting event.
” The African Senior Athletics Championships, initially scheduled for Oran, are to be held from June 24 to 28, 2021 in Algiersthe CAA said in a statement. However, the Algerian organizers are awaiting the green light from the national scientific commission for monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic, which alone is empowered to make a decision in relation to the evolution of the pandemic at national and regional level. The CAA is listening to the Algerian authorities to confirm the date of the championships “.
“It will be very difficult to organize them”
On the side of the Algerian Athletics Federation, pessimism seems to prevail. ” We are still awaiting the agreement of the national scientific committee for monitoring the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic to be able to organize this competition in Algiers.FAA boss Yacine Louaïl told Algérie Presse Service. Our request was transmitted for more than 20 days. As of today, we have received no response. We are very late to host this important event, qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Frankly, it will be very difficult to organize it “.
In fact, there is not much room left in an overloaded calendar of competitions. In July, four stages of the prestigious Diamond League, which brings together the best athletes, are scheduled. Then it will be the long-awaited Summer Olympics (July 23-August 8). However, these 2021 African Championships must precisely serve as preparation for Tokyo, even as qualifications for some.
Faced with this imbroglio, the heptathlete Marthe Koala prefers to remain a philosopher. ” This situation worries me and does not worry me at the same timeexposes the Burkinabè to rfi.fr. Obviously, it’s always better to do a continental competition before arriving at a world competition. So if these African Championships do not take place, it will not be good for most athletes. But, as far as I am concerned, I played two meetings in Italy in April and I will have another one in May in Austria. “. She concludes: I prepared well for the Olympics. The most important thing is that the Olympics take place. »