Kenya, Ethiopia to make part of six-leg Pan Africa athletics tour

by (Xinhua) Dec 19th 2019 ยท 1 min read

NAIROBI -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) said Thursday it will revive the Pan African Athletics Tour in 2020 in a bid to cushion the continent's athletes after a snub by World Athletics Diamond League.

The announcement is part of the CAA to cushion its athletes after a majority will lose out in 2020 when the new Diamond League new format rolls out.

World Athletics has already confirmed that 3,000 meters Steeplechase, 5,000m, Discus throw, Triple jump, and 200m have been axed as core events for the 2020 IAAF Diamond League.

CAA President Hamad Malboum Kalkaba confirmed that six cities have been selected for the one-day meeting, which will offer African athletes another stage to compete at the international level and earn money.

South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia are among the six countries that will stage the competition, which will rival the Diamond League. Cameroon, Djibouti and Congo Brazzaville have also been considered.

"The one-day meetings will be staged in cities Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Pretoria and Yaounde. Djibouti, the town of Ayanleh Souleiman, is a surprise pick," said Kalkaba in a statement on Thursday. "Congo too will get to use the 2015 African Games track in Brazzaville."

Though the Diamond League stands out as the most lucrative, paying each meeting winner 10,000 U.S. dollars and a jackpot of 50,000 dollars at the end of the circuit for the series winners, the Pan Africa Tour will strive to offer lucrative packages for the athletes to rival the World Athletics World Challenge circuit, where athletes make 5,000 dollars each for every win.

"CAA is happy to inform that the 2020 edition of the Continental Circuit of one-day meetings will take place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Brazzaville (Congo), Djibouti (Djibouti), Nairobi (Kenya), Pretoria (South Africa) and Yaounde (Cameroon)," said Kalkaba.

These meetings, which are to be held between March 1 and May 31, 2020, have received official confirmation from the federations concerned.

CAA also hopes that Africa athletes will gain from exposure and use the meeting as a build-up towards the Olympic Games, which will be held in August in Tokyo, Japan.

"The competition calendar will be revealed as soon as the selected federations confirm the dates of their meeting, CAA said.

Only Djibouti has chosen March 13 to organize its meeting.

The idea of reviving the African Athletic Tour was first mooted in 2018 for a circuit that was to have five meetings, created by CAA in close collaboration with the federations of South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Congo.

last updated: 2019-12-20@00:12