Following the successful hosting of the African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State capital, Nigeria is considering hosting the world’s athletic championship in year 2025.
Ibrahim Gusau, president, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) made the disclosure weekend while fielding questions from journalists at the just concluded Athletics Championship held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, ASABA.
About 800 athletes from 52 African countries attended the 21st championship tagged CAA ASABA 2018 which held from August 1 to 5.
At the end of the 46 events that took place, Kenya emerged the overall winner, having won 11 gold medals, six silver medals and two bronze medals.
South Africa settled for second position with nine gold medals, 13 silver and eight bronze medals.
Team Nigeria had a total of nine gold medals, five silver and five bronze medals to take the third place.
At the closing ceremony of the competition on Sunday, the hosting right for the 22nd edition billed for year 2020 was hand over of to Algeria.
The championship has recorded milestone of the highest number of participation since it began 29 years ago. In this 21st edition, it has 800 athletes in attendance, said to be the highest in the history of the competition. With 46 events and 52 countries in attendance, also the highest so far since the inception in 1979.
ASABA 2018 is the Second time Nigeria has hosted the continental championship with Lagos hosting it the first time in 1989.
A biennial competition, the championship is an event organized by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).
The first edition was hosted in Dakar, Senegal from August 2 to 5, 1979 while South Africa hosted The competition in 2016.
Discussions are ripe for Africa to host the world’s athletics championship 2025. Gusau, AFN president said Nigeria is one of the six countries being considered for the hosting right.
He said it has been confirmed that Nigeria would bid for the right to host the world in Athletics championship in Abuja. “If we are able to host Africa, I’m sure we would be able to host the world in Abuja because transport and hotels are available’, he said.