Fifteen countries have already sent in their provisional list of athletes and officials ahead of the 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships to be hosted in Asaba, Delta State.
After scoring a big point with the hosting of the inaugural edition of the Africa Junior Athletics Championship in Warri, which is the best in the series till date, Delta State is set for another big mark this time with the flagship Africa Senior Athletics Championships.
According to the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, a record attendance is expected at the event.
Ogba said that for the first time in the history of the biennial athletics championship, all the countries in Africa would be represented in Asaba.
â€œI can guarantee you that we will be having a historic championship in Asaba as every country will be represented. The LOC will be sponsoring two athletes from all the countries so you can be sure that everybody will be present,â€ the former president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria assured track and field aficionados.
Ogba who played a key role in the successful hosting of first Africa Youth Championships which has served as a template in subsequent editions disclosed that the aim is to also make Asaba 2018 the best ever in the history of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.
â€œWe want to set a new standard as far as the Africa Senior Athletics Championships is concerned, the goal is to make this edition as glamorous as the World Championships itself,â€ Ogba stressed.
Aside from Nigeria that has entered 72 male, 69 female and 29 officials, the likes of Kenya, Algeria and Senegal are also planning a large contingent for the Athletics Championships in Asaba.
Kenya has provisionally entered 34 male and 27 female athletes as well as 11 officials.
Algeria has equally sent in entry for 31male and 29 female athletes on their roster with 17 officials,
Senegal is coming with 30 male and 30 female athletes as well as nine officials.
The Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championship is to take place at the Asaba Township Stadium between August 1 and 5.