485 athletes, 110 officials for Asaba 2018 – Punch Newspapers

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A total of 485 athletes from 15 countries  are expected to participate  in  the Asaba  2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships  at the Asaba Stadium  from August 1 to 5.

 They are Algeria (60), Cape Verde (six), Egypt (22), Kenya (61),   Togo (15), Djibouti (eight), Ivory Coast (37), Rwanda (four),  Senegal (60), Seychelles (nine), Mauritius (15),  DR Congo (22), Gambia (eight), Congo (17) and Nigeria (141).

According to the Local Organising Committee for the competition, 110 officials will be part of the event.

LOC chairman   Solomon Ogba said the  14 countries  who will vie for honours  alongside Nigeria at the championships had  submitted their provisional lists.

  The former  Athletics Federation of Nigeria president said,  “I 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.”

Ogba said  the target of the LOC was to  make Asaba 2018 the best ever in the history of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

“We 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 Athletics Championships itself,”  he  said.

Ogba during the week  named the Nigeria Football Federation president  Amaju Pinnick as the head of the Special Duties Sub-Committee for the event.

Ogba, in  a statement by   the head of the  Media and Publicity Sub-Committee Olukayode Thomas,  said the Delta State Government was  determined to host a standard competition.

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