The destiny of this 12 months’s African Athletics Championships is unclear after the Algerian authorities postponed the occasion, with out giving any new dates, as a result of world Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s a third delay to the biennial occasion which ought to have taken place in 2020 earlier than being postponed by a 12 months attributable to Covid-19.
The plan was to carry the championships within the Algerian metropolis of Oran between the first and fifth June 2021 earlier than it was then moved to Algiers and set to happen 22-26 June.
The Confederation of African Athletics are but to make a public assertion about this newest setback for the continental showpiece.
With the Olympics set to start in Tokyo in July the information will come as a blow to athletes throughout the continent who had been hoping to make use of the championships in a last bid to realize the qualifying customary for The Video games.
The game’s world governing physique, World Athletics, has set 29 June 2021 because the deadline for reaching the qualifying mark to participate on the 2020 Olympics.
The Algerian Ministry of Youth and Sports activities (MJS) stated in an announcement the delay got here “as a result of well being state of affairs, marked by a resurgence within the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic and the chance of circulation of recent variant(s).”
The ministry added it was “following the suggestions of the scientific monitoring committee of the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“The MJS known as on the Algerian Athletics Federation (FAA) to make the mandatory preparations to tell the officers of the Confederation of African Athletics with a view to agree new dates for the holding of those championships as quickly because the well being state of affairs improves.”
The African Athletics Championships had been final held within the Nigerian metropolis of Asaba in 2018.