Val-de-Reuil known and recognized ... even at the other end of the world! In recent days, some twenty high-level athletes from Canada for some, from Africa to others, train tirelessly under the athletics hall Jesse Owens and stadium Bernard Amsalem.
The African delegation, led by El Hadj Amadou Dia Ba (Olympic 400m hurdles Olympic champion at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and today director of the African Athletics Development Center) and composed of 11 Senegalese, Gambian athletes, Cameroonian (20 to 25 years old), is also counting on this French stay of one month to prepare at best for the African Games which will take place in August 2019; and at the World Athletics Championships in Doha (Qatar) in September for those who were able to win their ticket.
Among the African headliners present in Val-de-Reuil, we will remember names like Gina Bass, bronze medal of the 200 meters at the 2016 African Championships or Adama Jammeh, silver medal of the 200 meters at the championships of Africa 2016.
For Bernard Amsalem, former president of the French athletics federation, this plebiscite of the Normandy hall by foreign delegations, is an asset that he intends to make the case for the Olympics 2024. "We hope that our region will be selected to be based advanced for the Olympics; in this case to accommodate a maximum of delegations. The negotiations will open in the coming weeks.
The first outing of the residents of the African Center for Athletic Development (AADC) in Dakar, France, was marked by promising performances at the meeting of Valencia held on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Thus, Louis François Mendy won the 110m hurdles final in 13''85, after 13''82 in series. Which is the new record of the Valencia meeting. The young Senegalese's personal best was 13''93. Her compatriot Fatou Gaye also won in Valencia by dominating the 400m final in 54''02, improving her personal best time of 54''22. Cameroonian Linda Angounou finished in 3rd place in 55''47.
The African Center for Development of Athletics (AADC) in Dakar, set up by CAA, following the decentralization of the IAAF, has opened since last December to twelve residents from Burkina Faso (1), Cameroon (1), Gambia (6), Madagascar (1) and Senegal (3).
At present, they have started a training camp in France where they will participate in several competitions.
The Center's leaders are currently Adama Jammeh (10''23 in the 100m and 20''45 in the 200m) and Gina Bass (11''36 in the 100m and 23''10 in the 200m) of The Gambia.
They are in the care of an administrative team managed by the former Olympic Vice-Champion of the 400m hurdles Amadou Dia Ba who can count on the Frenchman Alain Smail, an experienced technician and former DTN of the CIAD
The 14th U20 African Championships and the 3rd U18 African Championships which took place from April 16th to 20th, 2019 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) have finally resulted in 27 new records for these championships.
The African Athletic Development Center (AADC) in Dakar, set up by CAA, following the decentralization of the IAAF, has opened since last December to twelve residents from Burkina Faso (1), Cameroon (1), Gambia (6), Madagascar (1) and Senegal (3).
This center specializes in sprint and hurdles, offering exceptional training conditions and a framework for the development of young athletes who are Olympic Solidarity, Confejes and CAA scholars. They are in the care of an administrative team managed by the former Olympic Vice-Champion of 400 m hurdles Amadou Dia Ba who can count on the French Alain Smail, a veteran technician and former DTN CIAD. The medical component is provided by Professor Seydina Seye, an internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon and Goumbala physiotherapist. CAA Director General Lamine FATY oversees all actions with CAA Technical Director Aziz Daouda.
It's on the tartan track and in the Léopold Senghor Stadium weight room that the young troupe recites its ranges daily before joining a chic building located in a residential area of the Capital. The environment surrounding the first AADC Dakar promotion shouldlead to promisingperformances in the short term. But, for the leaders of the center, the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 is the main objective to achieve. Intermediate objectives such as the African Games, the African Championships, the World Championships and the Games of La Francophonie will make it possible to evaluate the progress of these hopes of African athletics. At present, all residents of Dakar AADC will continue the preparation in France where they will participate in several competitions.
This new framework will reveal in the coming years the stars of the track as Amy Mbacke Thiam (Senegal), Amantle Montsho (Botswana), Marie José Ta Lou (Ivory Coast), Françoise Mbango (Cameroon) who were residents CIAD.
Scheduled for June 16 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat, the International Meeting Mohammed VI will blow its twelfth candle, the fourth after being integrated into the Cenacle of meetings of the Diamond League.
In the official program of the Diamond League events, the men will meet on: 200m, 800m, 110m hurdles, 3000m steeple-chase, high jump, long jump, Discus throw.
For women's events: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Perch and Discus throw.
Two additional events will be organized for men: the 1500m and the 5000m.
It should be noted that the Mohammed VI international meeting is organized by the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation, an audience of at least thirty thousand spectators is expected at this event with a high quality television broadcast.