Ethiopia among six countries to stage African Athletics Tour competition
The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) has announced that the 2020 edition of the Continental Circuit one-day meetings, will take place in six countries including Ethiopia. Congo, Djibouti, Kenya, South Africa and Cameroon are also selected to stage the competition on December 19, 2019.
According to the announcement by the CAA, the meetings, to be held between March 1 and May 31, 2020, have been confirmed by the concerned federations. It is understood that the dates for the competition will be revealed soon, as the selected federations choose and communicate their respective dates for the meetings. For the time being, Djibouti has chosen March 13, 2020 to organize its meeting.
It is to be recalled that, the announcement came after the 2020 Diamond Leagues new format rolled out. World Athletics has confirmed that the 3,000m steeplechase, 5000m race, Discus throw, Triple Jump and the 200m race have all been removed from the events for the 2020 IAAF Diamond League.
“CAA is happy to inform that the 2020 edition of the continental Circuit of one-day meetings will take place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Brazzaville (Congo), Djibouti, Nairobi (Kenya), Pretoria (South Africa) and Yaoundé (Cameron),” Hamad Malboum Kalkaba, Confederation African Athletics president stated.
The CAA also hopes that African athletes will grow from the exposure and use the competition as a stepping stone for the Olympic Games, which will be held in August in Tokyo, Japan.
The idea of reviving the African Athletic Tour was first introduced in 2018 and was to have five competitions created by the CAA, in close collaboration with the federations of South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Congo.
The African athletics championship is a continental athletics event organized by the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA), the continental association for the sport in Africa. Since it was founded in 1979, it was first organized intermittently, with nine editions held in fourteen years until 1993.