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Lord Coe: Africa an important destination for athletics

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AFRICA WILL one day host athletics' biggest showcase outside of the Olympics. Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has stated that there is the consideration and potential of an African country hosting the World Athletics Championships in the future.

Lord Coe was asked why an African nation had not hosted the competition in the past. He said:

“I think South Africa is an important destination for athletics. I have had this conversation with the leadership of the Council of African Athletics (CAA). I have been on record on wanting to take more events to Africa. We have just come from Nairobi where they hosted a spectacular under-18 championships, where we had over 160,000 people over the last three sessions.

"I was there with Olivier (Gers) our CEO. We have had the World Cross Country Championships this year in Kampala, the Diamond League has had its second iteration in Morocco, in Rabat, so for a continent that has created an extraordinary chapter in our history and actually broadening away from the traditional middle distance and long distance, in field eventers and sprinters coming through, It is of course an important destination.

"I hope we find a way of doing that. South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, North Africa, Morocco, these all have potential.”

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