NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya believes the poor organization witnessed in
Nigeria prior to the ongoing 2018 African Championships in
Athletics will not affect Africa’s hopes of hosting the
Athletics World Championships in 2025.
With the 2023
championships having been awarded to Budapest during last week’s
IAAF Council Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, IAAF president
Sebastian Coe has hinted that the 2025 World Championships could
be staged in Africa.
Coe made the
assertion on Wednesday in Asaba, Nigeria, while lauding 16
athletes who were inducted into the African Athletics
Confederation (CAA) Hall of Fame.
Last year, CAA
President Kalkaba Melboum had said that the confederation was in
talks with several countries with a view to putting in a bid for
the 2025 tournament.
“We are talking with
Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco - those
countries have the facilities,” said Melboum.
Kenya have expressed
an interest in bidding for the games after having successfully
been granted the rights to host the 2020 World Junior
Championships in Nairobi.
Barnaba Korir, a
vice-chairman with Athletics Kenya, said it was embarrassing
seeing what happened in Nigeria, adding that the continent
The Athletics World
Championships is the third largest sporting event in the world
after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. Billions of TV
viewers across the globe tune in to watch athletes from up to
212 countries and regions compete for 47 gold medals.
The IAAF stipulates
that for a city to qualify to stage the World Championships, it
needs to have a stadium that can hold over 30,000 fans and a
budget in excess of 20 million U.S. dollars. It must also be
able to pay prize money totaling 7.2 million U.S. dollars.