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General News 31 August 2012 – Monte

Serious flooding in Senegal leads to cancellation of Dakar meeting – IAAF World Challenge

MonteCarloThe IAAF World Challenge meeting in Dakar, Senegal, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 12 September has been cancelled due to serious flooding in the West African country.

In the last few days heavy rain has led to the deaths of 6 people in the Senegalese capital with large areas of the city flooded. The disaster has even affected National Highway No. 1, which connects Dakar to the rest of the country.

Until further notice the Government has repatriated the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, which annually hosts the Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Ville de Dakar, to temporary house victims of the flood.

The IAAF offers its sincerest condolence and sympathy to the families of the victims of this tragedy.

The Dakar meeting was scheduled to be the 15th and final meeting of the 2012 IAAF World Challenge series.