Candidate for his own succession, the Cameroonian Hamad Kalkaba Malboum was re-elected Monday, April 15, 2019 in Abidjan for a four-year term as President of the African Confederation of Athletics (CAA) at the end of the congress of this sports institution. He defeated Tunisian Amara Khaled by 44 votes to 7.
There was no surprise for observers of African athletics. The 51 CAA member countries, as a whole, chose the incumbent Hamad Kalkaba.
"I would say to my friend Amara that he is a reliable partner of African athletics. We know each other since 1999 in Abidjan. We finished a competition, I would like to thank him for his fair play spirit. He had a good spirit. I am today's winner but he will be the winner of tomorrow. Let's work hand in hand, '' declared the successful candidate after the election.
Côte d'Ivoire will host from April 16-20, 2019 the U18 and U20 African Athletics Championships. The official announcement was made on Thursday, March 07, 2019, in Abidjan. For the occasion, several personalities were present at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee located in Abidjan-Cocody.
In the company of the President of the Ivorian Athletics Federation, Kouamé Jeannot, the Secretary General of the NOC-CIV, Fofana Aminata and Marie Josée Ta Lou, Salimata Cissé, President of the Local Organizing Committee officially launched the 3rd and 14th editions of the U18 and U20 African Nations Championships.
For the 2019 edition of these championships, the local organizing committee is composed mainly of Salimata Cissé (PCO), Assandé Kouadio (vice-PCO), Kouamé Jeannot (General Coordinator), Anthony Koffi (Competition Director). Vice-world champions of the 100m and 200m, Marie Josée Ta Lou and Murielle Ahouré were named godmothers of the event.
This is the stage Felix Houphouet Boigny, Plateau, which will host these championships African Juniors and Juniors. The Robert Champroux stadiums and the Marcory INJS sports complex will host the training sessions for the athletes who will participate in the competition. It should be noted that it is for the first time that the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) is organizing the U18 and U20 Championships simultaneously.
On the sidelines of this competition, there will be the meeting of the Executive Council of the CAA and the Elective Congress of the new boss of the African Athletics Authority.
The 28th Congress of the African Confederation of Athletics (CAA), the 3rd African Under-18 Championship (U18) and the 14th African Under-20 Championship (U20) are the major events in Africa of 2019, scheduled for April 15-20 in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).
For the competitions, more than 30 countries have subscribed to the final commitments. They are: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Benin, Djibouti, Lesotho, South Sudan, Mali, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Guinea Bissau, South Africa, Cameroon, Mozambique, Congo, Comoros, Togo, Zambia, Côte d'Ivoire, Seychelles, Mauritius, Senegal, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Cape Verde, Burundi, Eritrea, Sudan, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Libya.
NB: Mauritania, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, did not confirm their preliminary commitments.
The organizing committee of the U18 and U20 African Championships is at work within a month of the kick-off of this major event which will take place from April 16 to 20 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) . According to the President of the LOC, Mrs. Salamata Cissé, all the commissions have been set up so that these championships are like the 8th games of the Francophonie which took place in Abidjan in 2017. For the LOC, it needs a support from all our instances. We are currently soliciting all economic operators. We practically go door to door. All those who can help us are waiting for them with open arms. "We need 400 million CFA francs. If this budget is at hand, we will have a very nice competition. Otherwise, we will do with what we have, "said Ms. Cissé. "Outside the authorities, I call for the massive mobilization of Ivorian youth. This competition is for young people. This is an opportunity for them to come and recharge their batteries with the champions from here and elsewhere. This competition can awaken the champion who lies dormant in them. Let them come and support the countries that come to us. "