By Uche Dozie
Football Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the corona virus pandemic, the African Senior Championship and World Under 20 Championship slated to hold in Algiers and Nairobi respectively, have been postponed.
The IOC had announced the postponement of the games in the same breathe after announcing the postponement of the world largest showpiece; the Olympics.
The African Championships was to hold on 24th to 28th June, 2020 in Algiers, Algeria. In tournament that serves as another opportunity for Olympic qualification for African athletes.
The competition has been done every two years in the same year as the Olympics. The last edition was held in Asaba, Nigeria in 2018.
The world athletics championship that was to be held from July 7-12 in Nairobi, Kenya was also put forward due to the pandemic.
The announcement had been made after the world athletics body’s consultation with the Kenyan Government.
“It is with regret that World Athletics, together with the Government of Kenya and Athletics Kenya, have made the decision to postpone the World Athletics U20 Championships Nairobi 2020, due to the ongoing challenges posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) internationally,” said the global governing body.
The athletics world stated that they had to consider the health of the athletes as the current situation has seriously compromised the athletes’ health besides the restrictions of movement globally.
The athletics body however, said that they will be working with the government to reach an agreement favourable for the athletes.
“We are working together to identify a mutually appropriate alternative date convenient for the Government of Kenya and elite competitors,” added world Athletics.
New dates for both events are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
According to Athletics Weekly, other World Athletics events to have so far been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic include the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia and the World Race Walking Team Championships in Minsk.
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