Nigeria will host back-to-back CAA African Senior Athletics Championships.
The Confederation of Africa Athletics Council meeting held in Cairo granted Nigeria the right following a late withdrawal from Algeria.
The 22nd Africa Championship will run from June 23-27.
Nigeria successfully held the 21st African Championships in Athletics at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on August 1-5, 2018. It was the second time Nigeria was hosting the competition.
In 2018, several athletes and officials, especially those from Kenya, were left stranded at the airport for days due to poor connection from Lagos to Asaba.
The good thing though, is that, this time round, it will be held in Lagos.
The Algerian scientific committee for monitoring the evolution of the pandemic had recommended that holding the event in the North African country would complicate the already bad health situation, leaving the Confederation of Africa Athletics-CAA with no option but to look for a new host.
“Due to the health situation, marked by a rebound in the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and the risk of circulation of new variants, the competent authorities, following the recommendations of the scientific committee for monitoring the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic -19, recommended to postpone this sporting event to a later date,” reads a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
This shift venue now leaves some athletes, especially those from Algeria and those who had not yet earned the qualifying marks, in a tricky situation considering that some athletes would have wanted to use the event as a qualification for the July Summer Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics will run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.