Athletes and officials of countries that participated in the just
concluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championship has started
departing Asaba for their various destinations.
As promised by the Local Organising Committee for CAA Asaba 2018,
airplanes were made readily available for the traveling contingents who
all expressed delight at the hospitality and great championship which was
heavily supported by the Delta State Government.
In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media, and Publicity for
CAA Asaba 2018, the LOC boss, Chief Solomon Ogba thanked all the athletes
and officials from all the participating countries for making 2018
African Championships a memorable one.
Ogba affirmed that despite the initial setbacks which were promptly
addressed, Asaba 2018 remains one of the most glamorous African
Championships ever hosted on the continent.
“We are very grateful to the Delta State governor; first for making
available these planes to airlift the athletes and their officials back to
Lagos as they fly back to their various countries.
“Beyond that, we are also very grateful to Gov. Okowa for making Asaba
2018 a reality and bringing Africa to Delta State.
“We are sure that the legacies from this championship will be long
lasting,” Ogba said.
On their part, the departing athletes and their officials commended the
Asaba 2018 LOC for all their hard work geared at seeing that the African
Championship was hugely successful.
Members of Team Kenya who emerged as the overall champions after five days
of competition at the newly-completed Stephen Keshi Stadium said they
would always have fond memories of Asaba as it turned out to be a ‘lucky’
ground for them.
Despite not finishing tops, members of Team South Africa, South Sudan,
Eretria and others who all left Asaba on Monday said they were happy to be
in Delta State adding that they had a swell time in the peaceful city of
The Confederation of African Athletics, CAA has already announced Algeria
as the next host of the African Senior Athletics Championships.