Minutes of the 29th CAA (Virtual) Congress

The Confederation of African Athletics held its 29th ordinary (virtual) Congress via ZOOM on Tuesday 28th September 2021, under the chairmanship of the CAA president Mr Hamad Kalkaba MALBOUM,  Mr Sébastian COE, president of WA,  WA Directors and Congress delegates.




Highlights of the CAA President’s communication:

Kindly allow me to take the opportunity offered by this meeting to express my satisfaction with the results achieved by our athletes throughout this period of pandemic, specifically during the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

I would like to point out, with great pleasure, that of the 37 medals won by Africa during this global event, 23 were won by our sport. Athletics therefore remains the biggest medal provider for our continent, with a contribution, this time, of 59%.

Moreover, in Athletics, Kenya succeeded to be classified in the third position after the United States of America and China, at the end of these Games, thus ahead of many countries, recognized for their exceptional performances, in the past, in this discipline, athletics. This is a great source of pride for our continent.

I would also like to congratulate, alongside Kenya with its ten (10) medals, all the other African Federations which are on the podium in athletics, more precisely Uganda with four (04) medals, Ethiopia, four (04) medals, Morocco, Botswana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, with one (01) medal each.

Africa therefore remains a strong link in sport in general and athletics in particular, because of its numerous and successful youth, who is quite simply asking to benefit from more professional supervision and high-level competitions on the continent.

At its recent Council held in Tokyo, Japan on the sidelines of the Olympic Games, WORLD ATHLETICS decided to implement its Global Plan for the Development of Athletics, entitled “The Global Plan - For and By All”.

This is a plan for all events in our sport, from the races on our streets to the finals of the Olympic Games. This plan was designed with input from the entire global athletics family, namely:

Each of these stakeholders played a crucial and determining role in the development of this document, the content of which I invite you to make your own. Because it clearly outlines objectives to reach and actions to carry out.

Indeed, these are 04 strategic objectives namely, More participation, More people, More fans and More partnerships. These 04 strategic objectives are, in turn, broken down into 19 operational objectives, broken down into 67 concrete actions to be carried out.

I would like to emphasize that this Global Plan is flexible, considering that a single rigid model cannot be suitable for all. Each member federation has its realities and each continental association its constraints.

At the level of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), we must therefore be able to analyze this Plan, in order to link our own, which already exists, to this one and thus allow our athletes to benefit from the advantages it could offer them. This meeting and future consultations should allow us to examine its feasibility for Africa.

The reasons for the necessary professionalization of the working sections of the CAA:

The major objective of this Vision: To turn African athletics into an Industry:

Communication by the World Athletics President

Activity report 2020 -2021 of the CAA CEO

The activity report of the CEO focused on the following items:

The CAA has received the agreement of the Maurician government authorizing the Mauritius Athletics Association to host the Africa senior championships 2022 in Mauritius

Contribution of Africa in the WACongress

On this issue, no contribution was made. However, the CAA president raised that Africa was under-represented i the WA council.

 Informations on the world U20 Championships – Nairobi 2021

The president of Athletics Kenya, General Jackson TUWEI, reported on the world U20 championships which took place in Nairobi(Kenya), at MOI International sport centre, kasarani stadium from 18 to 22 August 2021. It was the 1st time in history that this event took place in Africa.

Among 117 participating countries, we noted 35 African countries including 9medallist:

Kenya : 16 medals : 8 gold, 1 silver, 7 bronze/ 1st place

Nigeria : 07 medals : 4 gold; O silver and 3 Bronze/ 3rd

Ethiopia : 12 medals : 3 gold, 7 silver ; 2 bronze/4th

Rep. South Africa: 09 medals : 3 gold, 2 silverand 4 bronze/6th

Botswana : 04 medals : 3 gold, 1 silver/7th

Namibia : 04 medals : 1 gold and 3 silver/11th

Algeria : 1 silver medal  /27th

Eritrea: 1 Bronze

Uganda : 1 Bronze

22th Africa senior championships, MAURITIUS 2022

The Mauritius Athletics Association President released pieces of information regarding the preparation of the senior championships in Mauritius in 6 -12 June 2022. 

Calendar 2022

The CAA Chief Executive Officer gave a few information regarding the2022calendar:

CAA President: The funds for 2021 which were not used will be used to support regions in the organization of U18/U20 championships.

Report on the Marketing as part of CAA/VANQUISH contract

As the President of Vanquish was absent, he was represented by Frank KRA who informed the Congress that Mr Andrés will forward his presentation to communicate on his strategy and explain the reasons why VANQUISH had not been able to show its experience and its capacity to adapt to the situation of each continent. 

CAA President: we perfectly understand because the produc which Vanquish was supposed to commercialize was not available.

Date and place of next Congress

On this issue, President Kalkaba proposed the Congress to transfer its power to the council to decide on the date and place of the next Congress. The proposal was accepted. As all items on the agenda were tackled through, the CAA President thanked the WA President and his Directors as well as all Congress delegates for the success of the meeting and then closed the meeting after two hours of exchange. 

Done in Dakar le 26 Octobre 2021.