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Caster Semenya among stranded athletes at African track and field championships


The start of the African track and field championships in Nigeria was delayed Wednesday after hundreds of athletes were stranded at an airport, some for three days when they were left to sleep on the floor as they waited for a connecting flight to the host city.

Those who did get on a plane from Lagos to Asaba in Nigeria’s southern Delta state had to fight for their place, one team coach said, calling the scenes at Lagos’ international airport “totally chaotic.”

“People were exchanging blows, people were pushing and shoving to try and get a seat on the plane,” Zimbabwe coach Lisimati Phakamile told The Associated Press.

The Confederation of African Athletics said only a small number of events scheduled for the first day of Africa’s top athletics competition would go ahead, and would be moved back…

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Senior Athletic Championships: Athletes stranded at Lagos airport


Some of Africa’s most prominent athletes were photographed camping on the floor with their luggage at the Lagos airport on Tuesday.

Burundi’s Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba shared pictures of herself, and other teammates camped on the airport floor, resting on their luggage on social media.

“Bad situation in Nigeria before African championship in ASABA 2018. be strong # the competition starts today,” she tweeted.

Kenya’s team arrived Monday and were stuck in Lagos for two days trying to secure a connecting flight to Asaba city in southeast Nigeria, where the event is being held.

Their troubles started on arrival at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, on Monday where immigration officials seized their passport, said James Magayi, a sports journalist who traveled with…

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Travel chaos as athletes stranded, African champs delayed


The start of the African track and field championships in Nigeria was delayed Wednesday after hundreds of athletes were stranded at an airport, some for three days when they were left to sleep on the floor as they waited for a connecting flight to the host city.

The Confederation of African Athletics said only a small number of events scheduled for the first day of competition in Asaba in Nigeria’s southern Delta state would go ahead,…

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Nigeria: African athletes stranded in Lagos ahead of Athletics Championship


Hundreds of athletes scheduled to participate at the African Senior Athletics Championships are crying foul after being stranded at the Lagos Airport in Nigeria.

Usher Komugisha, a renown sports journalist from Uganda tweeted pictures of a stranded Ugandan team and a video of a Moroccan high jumper, who were lamenting that they have been stranded in Lagos for at least two days.

‘‘Nigeria has done a very POOR job with the organization of flights! Look at Team Uganda,’‘ Komugisha tweeted.

We are stranded in Lagos. We haven’t trained for three days, and we haven’t eaten properly in two days.

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SA athletes eyeing African glory


South Africa will be looking to retain the continental crown at the African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, next week.

The country has developed into the powerhouse on the continent, finishing at the top of the medals table for two consecutive years.

Athletics SA (ASA) selected a strong team for the championships, spearheaded by world champions Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga.

The team features a host of stalwarts like quadragenarian hammer thrower Chris Harmse, Olympic silver medallists Sunette Viljoen and Khotso Mokoena,.

Semenya will be looking to continue her global dominance in the 800 metres while she will also back into the blocks in the one-lap sprint.

At the previous championships in Durban, Semenya won the 800m, 1500m and the 4x400m relay titles.

South Africa will be…

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African Athletes storm Asaba – Vanguard News


By Julius Oweh

Next week, to be precise on Wednesday August 1st, the whole of African continent will converge in Asaba, the capital of oil bearing state to compete for honour and glory.

The event is the African Senior Athletics Championship. It is the second to be hosted by Nigeria. The first being the one hosted in the commercial city of Nigeria, Lagos in 1989.it is a sporting event of its kind in Asaba and for many years to come shall continue to trigger the imagination and memory of Asaba residents and visitors alike.

This reporter was at Stephen Keshi stadium in the ever busy Nnebisi Road, Asaba. The construction activities and the finishing touches at the stadium were at feverish pitch. Workers both skilled and unskilled were at their best and the impression one gets is that the state…

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