The ‘’ SATO ’’ Stadium in Algiers at the service of athletics

The President of the Algerian Athletics Federation (FAA), Mr. Hakim Dib accompanied by the National Technical Director Mr. Abdelkrim Sadou recently inspected the renovation works of the athletics stadium and omnisports ground (SATO) commonly called `` annex stadium of the Olympic city Mohamed Boudiaf of Algiers.

Since last September, this site has been undergoing major work to ensure its updating to international standards.

The stadium "ceded" by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to the National Athletics Federation after an agreement was due to be delivered last June, but the COVID19 pandemic has delayed the work.

«Kip Keino Classic»: Nairobi in action

Nairobi is preparing to host, 3 October 2020, the first World Athletics Continental Tour Meeting on African soil. The anticipation over the tour is high, partly because it will be the first major athletics event on the continent since the coronavirus struck.

“This is an event that is really important, especially for Africa,” says Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei. “It is going to open our sports in the country and most likely in Africa, because since Covid-19, there has not been any major championship in Africa.”

Nairobi was to host the World Athletics U20 Championships this year but the event was rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the Continental Tour is giving Athletics Kenya another chance to put on a great show this year.

“We want to organise it bearing in mind that the success of the Continental Tour in Nairobi will also resonate on how Africa can organise events,” says Tuwei.

“It will give us an opportunity to ensure that other events can spring up all over Africa, so that we are also able to have our own series that can help and build athletics on our continent.”

The meet – named the Kip Keino Classic after distance legend Kipchoge Keino – was initially planned for May but was moved twice to its current date of 3 October. However, the organisers are no less enthusiastic.

“A lot of disruption was experienced not only in preparations but also the athletes were affected and so it was a bit of a challenge when it was postponed. But we are very excited and looking forward to hosting a very successful event,” says Tuwei.

There are five core events in the gold meeting series this season – the 200m, 3000m steeplechase, triple jump, discus throw and hammer throw for both men and women. The Nairobi meet will also include javelin throw, the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m. The organisers have also included some national events to give local athletes the chance to compete in a season ripped to shreds by the coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting will take place at the Nyayo National Stadium, which is newly refurbished to meet the standards of World Athletics competitions.

Helen Ngoh for World Athletics

Karsten Warholm in the footsteps of Kevin Young

The 400m hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm broke the second fastest time in history and broke his own European record (46 "87) on Sunday in Stockholm.

Warholm cut 5 hundredths from his old mark, established last year in Zurich (46''92). He already held the second all-time world performance behind American Kevin Young's world record (46''78) set in 1992.

Zambian Samuel Matete (Africa record holder 47''10 since 1991) and Senegalese Amadou Dia Ba (47''23 in 1988) are respectively 7th and 9th best performers in the World Top 10.

Van Niekerk wants to run the 400m in less than 43 ''

Almost three years after a serious knee injury, Wayde Van Niekerk, the South African world record holder in the 400m (43''03), wants to become the first man to complete the lap in less than 43 ''.

Olympic champion in 2016 in Rio and double world champion (in 2015 and 2017), Van Niekerk was injured in October 2017 during a touch rugby match with other celebrities

“World Athletics Continental Tour Gold 2020” Nairobi hosts “Kip Keino Classic” on September 26

The international athletics season will commence in earnest in exactly four weeks’ time when the first of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meetings is held at Turku in Finland.

Following a challenging start to the year, competition is starting to resume in many countries and the action will heat up on 11 August when Turku kicks off the inaugural World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series.

Continental Tour Gold meetings, the top tier of the world's best one-day competitions outside the Diamond League, will be held throughout August and September.

The series is scheduled to include stops in eight countries in total, including Hungary (Székesfehérvár, 19 Aug), Japan (Tokyo, 23 Aug), Poland (Silesia, 6 Sep), Czech Republic (Ostrava, 8 Sep), Croatia (Zagreb, 15 Sep), Kenya (Nairobi, 26 Sep) and China (Nanjing, date tbc).

The Kip Keino Classic, which will be hosted in Nairobi’s freshly refurbished Nyayo National Stadium, will attract many of the leading Kenyan athletes.

Senegal's 2022 Youth Olympic Games postponed to 2026

The next Youth Olympic Games (YOG), a sporting event for athletes aged 15 to 18, will take place in 2026 rather than 2022, announced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Senegal. The IOC invokes in particular the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 and "the operational and financial consequences of the global health crisis" to justify the delay in the first Games organized on the African continent.

Wanda Diamond League announces updates to 2020 calendar

The Wanda Diamond League today announced further alterations to its provisional 2020 calendar, with the cancellation of two meetings and a further event pushed back until September.



11th June 2020 (Impossible Games - WDL exhibition event)



9th July 2020 (Inspiration Games - WDL exhibition event)



14th August 2020



23rd August 2020



2nd September 2020 (WDL exhibition event)



4th September 2020



12th September 2020 (tbc)



17th September 2020



19th September 2020



9th October 2020



17th October 2020 (venue tba)

The 2020 editions of the following meetings have been cancelled:




193 athletes offered grants from Athlete Welfare Fund

World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) announced that 193 athletes from 58 member federations will be offered one-time grants of US$3000 through an Athlete Welfare Fund announced in April to help support professional athletes experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially totalling US$500,000 when its creation was announced on 28 April, generous contributions since have made US$600,000 ultimately available to athletes in need.

Fabrice Zango, host of COMPAAO

The Forum of the Media Committee for the Promotion of Athletics in West Africa (COMPPAOO) receives Friday, May 29, 2020 Fabrice Zango, from Burkina Faso, bronze medalist in the triple jump at the world athletics championships in Doha 2019.