ASABA has been a very busy place lately in respect to hosting of the 21st Senior African Athletics Championships. Delta State recently completed the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba and was test run yesterday, however the test run is in readiness towards the event which will take place in Asaba from August 1-5, 2018.
Speaking to journalists, Head Media, and Publicity for the championship, Olukayode Thomas, said on Tuesday that events such as 100m, 400m, hurdles, javelin, hammer throw, discuss and others would be organised.
In his remark, Head Technical CAA Asaba 2018, Yussuf Alli said all that were needed for the championships, have been put in place, admitting that he would have loved to roll back the years to compete with the other athletes having seen the state-of-the-art equipment all in place.
On his part, Chairman of the CAA Asaba 2018 LOC, Chief Solomon Ogba expressed gratitude to everyone that has helped made the Delta State and Nigeria dream a reality.
Nigerian elite athletes as well as their counterparts from other African countries including; Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritius among others will be competing in Wednesday’s Africa tour event.
There was training on Monday for groundsmen that would be in charge of the Wednesday’s African tour event as well as the African championships proper.
The training exercise was supervised by Yussuf Alli, the Technical Head for CAA Asaba 2018.
Meanwhile, the security subcommittee for the Championships has begun background and security checks on volunteers for the championships.
The Security Chief for CAA Asaba 2018, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (rtd), revealed that over 3,000 individuals were present at the preliminary stage of the screening process on Monday.
He revealed that background and security checks were being carried out in order for his committee to select capable hands for the event.
No cap has been put on the number of volunteers to be selected though it is understood that at least a thousand will be required to join forces with the officials to make a success of the Asaba 2018 championships
“We are prepared for the turnout, but I was a bit surprised also because people are ready and willing to do true volunteering in the real sense of it; the people who have indicated interest are genuinely ready to work not for any personal gain but to contribute their quota to this historic event,” Neisiama stated in a statement.”