One of six African nations will bid to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships as the continent hopes to stage the global meet for a first time, the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) president Hamad Kalkaba Malboum has said.
“We are talking with Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco – those countries have the facilities,” said the Cameroonian.
“I have very positive sounds from some of them,” added the president of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).
African countries have previously held several major sporting events with South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Morocco staging an IAAF Diamond League event this year. Three nations also co-hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Kalkaba pointed to recent successes with March’s World Cross Country Championships in Uganda and July’s World U18 Championships in Kenya as reasons to be hopeful.
“People said that Africa could not host the World Cup in football, but we did it very successfully,” he added in reference to South Africa’s staging of the 2010 finals.
Kalkaba, who took charge of the CAA in 2003, said the president of athletics’ governing body – the IAAF – backs the idea.
“President Coe is supporting the fact that Africa could host the World Championships,” said the 66-year-old, an IAAF vice-president himself.
“But I think many now realize that [staging the championships] could put the nation on the world map in terms of publicity and promote tourism so there is a benefit from hosting the event. This was not the case in the past.”
A decision who will host takes place in 2020.