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AFRICAN U18 AND U20 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS Ivorian authorities ready to invest

CaaVisite CiCôte d'Ivoire will host African Athletics Championship U18 and 20 in April 2019 in Côte d'Ivoire. This follows a successful two-day visit by the President of the African Confederation of Athletics Hamad Kalbaba Malboum in Abidjan, that confirmed the Ivorian capital as host.

During his visit, Malboum met the Ivorian authorities led by the Minister of Sports, Danho Paulin and General LassanaPalenfo, President of the National Olympic Committee. The president of the CAA has said that the choice of Côte d'Ivoire is not by chance. "We chose Côte d'Ivoire, because Ivorian athletics has a history. We are convinced that the potential lies here. Ivory Coast can organize such a competition. The country is accustomed. We have all seen the total success of the 8th Games of the Francophonie in Abidjan. For us, this is a way to express our gratitude to the Ivorian government. This reassures us in advance, "he said. He hopes the hosting will spur the country’s rising talents.

“We are asking the Ivorian Athletics Federation to look for hidden talents in rural areas and schools. It is in these places that are true champions of tomorrow. All young people must be given the opportunity to put their skills to the test. I am sure we will find new Murielle Ahoure, Ta Lou and Ben Meité Youssef then, "he said.

Allah Yao, representative of the Minister of Sports, welcomed the confirmation, assuring the support of Ivorian Sports to make the event a success.

The president of the CAAwho was accompanied by the Director General of CAA, Lamine Faty and Kouame Kouadio Jeannot the president of the Ivorian Federation also announced several projects that earmarked on the banks of the LaguneEbrié. Namely, the construction of a high-performance international training centre for sprinters in Yamoussoukro, the administration capital of Côte d'Ivoire, and a clinic to train officials.

CAA will also hold its elective general assembly in Abidjan ahead of the championships.

By Anicet Zio