The focus of many athletics lovers in Africa and beyond will be on Asaba, Delta State capital, venue of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships,beginning from today.
Asaba would be hosting a major sporting event for the very first time since the state was created on August 27, 1991. The competition venue, Stephen Keshi Stadium, which was a mere playing ground for school children for years, has been brought to life, thanks to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration.
However, like the scenario at COJA 2003 All Africa Games hosted in Abuja, the focus of Nigerian fans and spectators will be on the athletes, as they attempt to wrestle the number one position from South Africa and Kenya on the nine-lane track.
The Asaba 2018 boasts some athletes who are considered among the best in the world.
Over 300 athletes from Kenya and some other African countries have been left stranded in Lagos due to flight unavailability, as the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships begin on Wednesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.
Some of the participating countries have arrived in the Delta State capital with organisers saying over 1,500 athletes from 52 countries will compete in the five-day event. The competition ends on August 5.
But the transportation of foreign athletes from Lagos to Asaba has put a blemish on the organisation of the biennial competition.
Athletes have reportedly spent days at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to be transported to Asaba.