The athletes of the African Athletics Development Centre (AADC) in Dakar returned to school on Friday, November 20, 2021, after the break imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. The promotion is made up of eleven (11) athletes from five (5) countries and five Senegalese hopefuls supported by their federation.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Lamine Faty, Director General of the Confederation African Athletics, in the presence of Seydina Omar Diagne (CNOSS), Sara Oualy (FSA) and representatives of CONFEJES and the Ministry of Sports. El Hadji Amadou Dia Ba director of the Centre said the resumption marks a new start for the center with the sights set on the upcoming African Championships in Algeria and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Thus, the objective will be to improve the performances of the athletes and ultimately to obtain four qualified in Tokyo and five podiums in Algeria. Regarding the Olympics, the center already has two qualified, namely the Gambian sprinter Gina Bass and the Burkinabé heptathlete Marthe Koala. Athletes such as the Senegalese Louis Mendy (110m hurdles) and the Burkinabé Bienvenu Sawadogo (400m hurdles) are able to obtain the Japanese visa. "With five athletes, we will have achieved our objectives," said the director of AADDC Dakar. But the main objective is the Paris 2024 Olympics ",
Born from the ashes of the former CIAD and the regional development center, the African athlete development center was established two years ago.
The performance group
1- Bienvenu Sawadogo (400 m Hurdles) Burkina Faso
2- Marthe Koala (Heptathlon) Burkina Faso
3- Germaine Abessolo (200 m) Cameroon
4- Adama Jammeh (100m, 200m) Gambia
5- Alieu Joof (100m, 200m) Gambia
6- Ebrahima Camara (100m, 200m) Gambia
7- Gina Bass (100m, 200m) Gambia
8- Sengan Jobe (100m, 200m) Gambia
9- Sidonie Fiadanantsoa (100m hurdles, 200m)
10- Louis François Mendy (110m Hurdles) Senegal
11- Saguirou Badamassi Niger
Mohamadou L. Sakho