Nigeria Makes U-Turn On Hosting African Athletics Championships

The troubled African Athletics Championships have been thrown into doubt once again after Nigeria made a U-turn over hosting the event. The country's authorities have intervened to say the championships cannot be hosted as planned due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigeria was set to become the first country ever to host two consecutive editions of the African Senior Athletics Championship. Algeria had been due to host the event but had asked for a postponement due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic. The biennial event had been delayed three times before Nigeria agreed to host the championships, which should have taken place in 2020 before being postponed by a year due to Covid-19.  Delta State hosted the last edition of the championship in 2018. 

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