Africa will pay host to a new track meeting circuit this year, the President of the African Athletics Confederation (AAC – CAA) Ahmed Malboum Kalkaba of the Cameroon announced today.
The eleven meeting series will commence on 3 April 2004 in Dakar, Senegal, and will end with a meeting in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on 27 June.
The full programme of meetings is as follows - Dakar 3 April; Bamako 6 April, Nairobi 14 April, Maurice 18 April, Johannesburg (date tbc), Yaoundé 8 May, Ndjaména 12 May, Brazzaville 16 May, Casablanca 19 June, Alger 24 June and Tunis 27 June.
“It is crucial to create a circuit of meetings in Africa otherwise Europe will get the exclusivity of organising all athletics meetings” said Ahmed Malboum Kalkaba who succeeded IAAF President Lamine Diack, as the head of the CAA in April 2003, in Cairo.
According to Kalkaba, all arrangements have and will be taken in order to allow the best African athletes to participate to these meetings. “For that purpose, we will meet with their President (African Athletes Association), Frankie Fredericks from Namibia.”
The next African Championships will be held in Brazzaville from 14 to 18 July 2004, and the series will convey the same spirit: bringing the best African athletes together.
”The sponsors, via the biggest multi-national companies based in Africa, will be called on to provide services/contribute “ the President Kalkaba explained from Dakar, where the Headquarters of the CCA have been based since its creation in 1973.
The eleven meeting series will be televised via CFI-TV5