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Fifteen athletes expected at the African Development Center in Dakar in October

CentreDeDakarFifteen athletes will be admitted to the future African Athletics Development Center (AADC), which will open its doors next October, announced in an exclusive interview with the APS, the director general of the African Athletics Confederation. (CAA), the Senegalese Lamine Faty.

"It will be a mixed center that will be open to both experienced and high hopes of our discipline," said the CAA DG, noting that this structure will be responsible for training managers in addition to the training of the athletes.

"This will be the only center in Africa that will combine the training and training components," he said, confirming that the silver medalist from the Seoul Olympics (South Korea), in 1988, Amadou Dia Ba, is appointed director of the structure.

"It is with the advice of the Ivorian Anthony Koffi, expected to lead the technical aspect of the center, that it was decided to wait until next season, in October, for its opening", he said.

According to him, it is Koffi who proposed about fifteen future residents.

This new center, created at the same time as new structures across the continent to oversee the development of athletics, will combine the training functions of the former CIAD (International Center of Athletics Dakar) and training formerly awarded to the CRD (Regional Development Center) Athletics.

The CIAD, founded in 1997, revealed great athletes, including the 2004 Olympic champion Françoise Mbango (Cameroon), world medalists Amy Mbacké Thiam (gold in 2001 and bronze in 2003 in the 400m), Botswana's Amantle Monstho ( gold in 2011 and silver in 2013 in the 400m), Kene Ndoye (bronze medalist in 2002 at the triple jump) and Ivorian Marie José Ta Lou (silver in 2017 at 100 and 200m) etc ...

The CIAD had stopped operating since September 2017.