2018 AFRICAN SENIOR ATHLETICS
The Chairman, Technical Sub-committee of the Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships, Yusuf Alli, has commended the pace of work at the Asaba Township Stadium scheduled to host Africaâ€™s flagship athletics event in August 2018.
After an hour inspection of the stadium on Tuesday, Alli said he was very impressed with the pace of work adding that he would have loved to roll back the years to compete as the facility will indeed aid better performances by the athletes.
In a statement signed by Head Media and Publicity, Olukayode Thomas, Alli said â€œI am very impressed with what the Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tony Okowa, is putting up here, if only I could roll back the years, it will be nice to also compete.
â€œI know the athletes will run faster times on this track and jump further in Asaba,â€ Alli posited.
Among other innovations, Alli commended Okowa’s vision as the state is putting up the first 100m both ways track in Nigeria.
â€œThe plan for the Asaba Stadium is a masterpiece, we are having the first 100m both ways track in Nigeria, first of its kind and the stadium is also being built in such a way that the crowd will be close to the action; such electrifying atmosphere always brings out the best in athletes,â€ Alli noted.
Alli who also doubles as the General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon said he was sure that Asaba will be the benchmark for future athletics events on the continent.
The former African Long jump record holder also commended Okowa for making sure that the timetable for work on the Asaba Stadium is being fully adhered to.
Alli thanked the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for supporting the championships and backing the chairman of the commission,
â€œThe governor by hosting this championship is leaving a huge legacy, completion of the stadium will be huge; having positive socio-economic impact on the state and Nigeria generallyâ€
â€œAt the rate, they are going, I am 110 per cent sure the stadium will be delivered on time.â€ Alli concluded.
The 2018 edition of CAA African Athletics Championship will also serve as trials for the highly competitive and lucrative 2018 IAAF World Cup in Athletics.
In this light, it is expected that the cream de la cream of African athletes and global leaders of the sport will be in Delta State to have a feel of what the oil rich state will be offering.