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Africa 2018 Athletics Organising Body for Inauguration



The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa will Monday inaugurate the 17-man Local Organizing Committee, LOC for the 2018 Senior Africa Athletics Championships holding in Asaba.

The Governor who is keen to see the LOC hit the ground running has charged the members to midwife a world-class championship that would leave a lasting mark in the State.

In a statement by Olukayode Thomas; a member of the LOC for the 2018 Africa Athletics Championships, the Delta State Governor is ready to set the ball rolling and make a big statement with Monday’s inauguration.

“The Governor wants things to start earnestly so he would be inaugurating the LOC on Monday at his office,”he began.

“The target is to organize the best ever championship and with the calibre of people in the LOC, we should be able to deliver by the grace of God,” Thomas added.


Continuing, the statement from Thomas reads: “As already announced, the former President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Solomon Ogba, heads the LOC while Tony Okowa, the Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission is the Vice Chairman”.

Two-time African champion in long jump who set an African record in the 1989 edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships in Lagos ’89, Yussuf Alli, is also a member of the committee.

African record holder in women 400m, Falilat Ogunkoya, Hauwa Akinyemi, a Director in the Ministry of Sports, Omatseye Nesiama, Chris Anazia, Victor Onogagamue, Uboh Queen, Porbeni Seigha, Bukola Olopade and Olumide Bamiduro  are also on the list.

Others include Olukayode Thomas, Nneka Anibeze, Director of CAA High-Performance Center in University of Port Harcourt Ken Anugweje; Clem Ofuani also made the 17-man list which has Amaechi Akawo, AFN Secretary General, as secretary.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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