The President, Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, on Thursday commended the Delta Government for hosting the ongoing 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships.
Malboum gave the commendation when he spoke to newsmen at the Media Centre of Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, venue of the championships.
Malboum said that Lagos was given the hosting right two years but that the state did not finalise with CAA before it was given to Asaba.
“We appreciate the efforts of the organising committee, we gave the right two years ago, the event was given to Lagos but Lagos didn’t finalise on time and we opted for Asaba.
“I visited Asaba to inspect the stadium but what I meant was not a palatable one but what we have today is a big transformation,” he said.
The CAA president apologised to the athletes for any hitch they might have experienced since they arrived in the country, saying he was relieved that the event finally started.
Some countries were stranded in Lagos for almost 48 hours, before they finally made their way to the host city.
“We are a growing continent and things are not perfect in this part of the world, so we are sorry for any difficulties the athletes and foreign journalist must have gone through.
“For some technical reasons, a lot of things didn’t go well as planned but the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have assured the CAA that they will put everything right and they are working to salvage the situation,” he said.
Malboum also commended the media for supporting the championships and urged them to be more constructive in their reportage.
Nearly 1,000 athletes are participating in the five-day event that would end on August 5.