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Asaba 2018: CAA officials express satisfaction with preparations

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Solomon Ogba with CAA officials during the CAA inspection exercise of the Asaba stadium

Officials of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) have expressed satisfaction after inspecting facilities being put in place ahead of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State.

Olukayode Thomas, Head of Media and Publicity for the championships tagged “Asaba 2018’’, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the officials inspected the warm-up area, main tracks, media area, the technical, VIP and the VVIP rooms.

Officials of the Confederation of African Athletics, CAA over the weekend inspected facilities being put in place to host the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State.

Gungaram Gerard Vivian, who is the Vice President of the CAA and Lamine Faty, Chief Executive Officer of the African Athletics body, were both on the ground to ascertain Nigeria’s readiness for the biennial championship.

On Sunday, the CAA officials went around the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi Stadium; visiting the warm-up area, main track, media area, technical, VIP and the VVIP rooms.

The inspection team also visited the equipment room to see firsthand the apparatus that have been acquired by the hosts.  

After an extensive exercise, the CAA officials expressed great satisfaction with what was on the ground; noting that the equipment already in place are not only new but they are the required standard for the African championship.

The CAA officials were taken round by the Head of Technical for Asaba 2018, Yussuf Alli who explained in detail the innovations being planned to make the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships the best ever.

In his remark, Vivian who also doubles as the Director Technical of the CAA commended the LOC for how far they have gone and what they already have in place.

He, however, called on Alli and his team to hasten work in few areas still lacking.

The LOC Chairman, Solomon Ogba thanked the CAA officials for the visit and assured that the Delta State Government is leaving no stone unturned in making Asaba 2018 a memorable one.

“I must say the Governor is personally interested in this project and he has been giving us all the support needed, Asaba 2018 will bring lasting legacies to Delta State” he assured.

Apart from Ogba, those on the facilities tour inspection with the CAA officials include the Asaba 2018 the LOC Vice Chairman Tony Okowa; Consultant to the championship, Bukola Olopade and Head of Security sub-committee, Commodore Omatesye Nesiama.