Nigeria, 5 African countries bid for 2025 World Athletics Championship

Mazino Dickson

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Nigeria and five other African countries will bid to host the World Athletics Championship in 2025.

The other prospective African countries will bid for the hosting rights are – Kenya, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco.

Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, president of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) said this at a press conference held in Asaba, venue of the ongoing 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship.

It would mark the first time an African country will host the premier global athletics championship should any one of the six clinch the bid.

“People said Africa could not host the World Cup in football, but we did it very successfully. I have very positive sounds from some of them.

“Morocco is the only African country to have staged a leg of the Diamond League, the annual athletics series, which runs from May to September around the world.”

Kalkaba, who took charge of the CAA in 2003, said the president of athletics’ governing body – the IAAF – backs the idea.

“President Coe is supporting the fact that Africa could host the World Championships,” said the 66-year-old, an IAAF vice-president himself.