Former Athletics SA president Leonard Chuene passes on

The Confederation African of Athletics has learned with dismay of the passing of Leonard Chuene, the first president of the South African Athletics Federation.

Leonard Chuene who passed away on Friday January 1, 2021, aged 68, was at the forefront with Banele Sindani and other colleagues in the unification process in the 1990s.



AFRICA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 : The Algerian Athletics Federation’s President in contact with partners

The president of the Algerian Athletics Federation (FAA), Mr. Abdelhakim Dib, spoke on Monday December 14, 2020 by videoconference with an international company enrolled by the CAA to take care of the sponsorship and communication aspects of the Africa senior

Championships scheduled from June 1 to 5, 2021 in Oran.

The sponsorship commission of the CAA took part in this online working session with this company based in Spain.

Armand Duplantis and Yulimar Rojas named world athletes of the year

Swedish pole vaulter Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis was named the male athlete of the year, while Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas won the women’s title at athletics’ annual awards ceremony on Saturday.

Duplantis, a world silver medallist in Doha last year, set a world record by clearing 6.17m in Torun, Poland, in February and then bettered that by one centimetre in Glasgow the same month.

World Athletes of the Year

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey and Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir among the finalists

The title of male athlete of the year awarded virtually on December 5 by the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics) will go to one of the following five athletes: the Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei (Long Distance), the American Ryan Crouser (Weight), Swede Mondo Duplantis (Pole Vault), German Johannes Vetter (Javelin) and Norwegian Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles). Cheptegei who broke the world record in the 5,000 m (12: 35.36), 10,000 m (26: 11.00) and the 5 km road (12:51) will bring the hopes of Africa, after the elimination of his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo and Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot who were among the ten nominees. Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey (5,000m), Dutch Sifan Hassan (middle distance, long distance), Peres Jepchirchir jpgKenyan Peres Jepchirchir (half marathon), Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas (triple jump) and Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah (100 m) are the five finalists for the female athlete of the year trophy. On the other hand, the Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh (half-marathon), the Kenyans Hellen Obiri and Faith Kipyegon who were in the TOP 10 of the nominees were not selected.

With three finalists, Africa has every chance of winning the day.

The residents of AADC Dakar find the track

The athletes of the African Athletics Development Centre (AADC) in Dakar returned to school on Friday, November 20, 2021, after the break imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. The promotion is made up of eleven (11) athletes from five (5) countries and five Senegalese hopefuls supported by their federation.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Lamine Faty, Director General of the Confederation African Athletics, in the presence of Seydina Omar Diagne (CNOSS), Sara Oualy (FSA) and representatives of CONFEJES and the Ministry of Sports. El Hadji Amadou Dia Ba director of the Centre said the resumption marks a new start for the center with the sights set on the upcoming African Championships in Algeria and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

Thus, the objective will be to improve the performances of the athletes and ultimately to obtain four qualified in Tokyo and five podiums in Algeria. Regarding the Olympics, the center already has two qualified, namely the Gambian sprinter Gina Bass and the Burkinabé heptathlete Marthe Koala. Athletes such as the Senegalese Louis Mendy (110m hurdles) and the Burkinabé Bienvenu Sawadogo (400m hurdles) are able to obtain the Japanese visa. "With five athletes, we will have achieved our objectives," said the director of AADDC Dakar. But the main objective is the Paris 2024 Olympics ",

Born from the ashes of the former CIAD and the regional development center, the African athlete development center was established two years ago.

The performance group

1- Bienvenu Sawadogo (400 m Hurdles) Burkina Faso

2- Marthe Koala (Heptathlon) Burkina Faso

3- Germaine Abessolo (200 m) Cameroon

4- Adama Jammeh (100m, 200m) Gambia

5- Alieu Joof (100m, 200m) Gambia

6- Ebrahima Camara (100m, 200m) Gambia

7- Gina Bass (100m, 200m) Gambia

8- Sengan Jobe (100m, 200m) Gambia

9- Sidonie Fiadanantsoa (100m hurdles, 200m)

10- Louis François Mendy (110m Hurdles) Senegal

11- Saguirou Badamassi Niger

Senegalese hopes

Oumar Babou

Mohamadou L. Sakho

Moulaye Sonko

Fatou Gaye

Sangone Kandji

CAA unveils 2021 calendar

The Confederation of African Athletics has released the calendar for the 2021 season. The main events are the senior championships in Algeria (June 1 to 5), the cross-country championships in Togo (March 6, 7), the Diamond league meeting in Rabat, the African circuit and the regional championships.


Athlete of the Year: Eight Africans in the race for the titles

Eight (8) Africans including 5 women and 3 men registered on the list of 10 nominees for the Male World Athlete of the Year and the Female World Athlete of the Year awards who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics.

The nominations reflect the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, despite the challenges that the global Covid-19 pandemic presented.

WOMEN: Letesenbet Gidey, Ethiopia, set a world record of 14:06.62 over 5000m, was second in the Monaco Diamond League over 5000m;

Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopia, broke the world record in the half marathon with 1:04:31, finished fifth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships 

Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya, won the world half marathon title, twice broke the world half marathon record for a women-only race (1:05:34 and 1:05:16)

 Faith Kipyegon, Kenya, undefeated in five races over all distances, ran world-leading performances over 800m (1:57.68) and 1000m (2:29.15)

Hellen Obiri, Kenya, undefeated in three races over 3000m and 5000m, ran a world-leading 8:22.54 over 3000m

MEN: Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda, broke world records at 5000m (12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and 5km on the roads (12:51), was fourth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships on his debut over the distance

Jacob Kiplimo, Uganda, won world half marathon title in a championship record of 58:49, ran a world-leading 7:26.64 over 3000m, the fastest time in the world since 2007

Timothy Cheruiyot, Kenya, ran world-leading 3:28.45 over 1500m, undefeated in three 1500m races

CAA CONTINENTAL TOUR 2020: Noélie Yarigo shines in Yaoundé

The 4th edition of the GRAND PRIX CAA de Yaoundé took place on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium. About ten countries took part in this competition organized the day after the easing of barrier measures related to COVID 19.

Noelie Yarigo BeninBeninese Noëlie Yarigo confirmed her good form at the time, easily dominating the double Lap in 2'10'19. Congolese Natacha Ngoye Akamabi flew over the sprint, winning the 100m in 11’86 and the 200m in 23’98.

In the men, Cameroonian Raphael Nguoguele (10''67 in 100m and 21''44 in 200m) and Nigerian Emmanuel Arowolo (10''69 in 100m and 21''39 in 200m) were the main animators of the sprint.