Fifteen countries have already sent in their provisional list of athletes and officials ahead of the 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships to be hosted in Asaba, Delta State.

According to the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Solomon Ogba, a record attendance is expected at the event.

Ogba said that for the first time in the history of the biennial athletics championship, all the countries in Africa would be represented in Asaba.

“I can guarantee you that we will be having a historic championship in Asaba as every country will be represented. The LOC will be sponsoring two athletes from all the countries so you can be sure that everybody will be present,” the former president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria assured.

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Ogba, who played a key role in the successful hosting of first Africa Youth Championships which has served as a template in subsequent editions, disclosed that the aim is to also make Asaba 2018 the best ever in the history of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

“We want to set a new standard as far as the Africa Senior Athletics Championships is concerned, the goal is to make this edition as glamorous as the World Championships itself,” Ogba stressed.

Aside from Nigeria who have entered 72 male, 69 female and 29 officials, the likes of Kenya, Algeria and Senegal are also planning a large contingent for the Athletics Championships in Asaba.

The Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championship takes place at the Asaba Township Stadium between August 1 and 5.