AT unveils provisional athletics squad for African Championships

20May 2022
Joseph Mchekadona
ar es Salaam
The Guardian
AT unveils provisional athletics squad for African Championships

ATHLETICS Tanzania (AT) has unveiled a 12-member provisional squad to represent the country in this year’s African Championships which will be held in Mauritius from June 8-12.

Female athletes take part in the women's 1500m race final of the 2020 National Championships, which took place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

Jackson Ndawaka, AT secretary-general, said the team is made up of eight male and four female athletes.

He, though, could not mention the athletes, saying the final squad made up of six athletes will be unveiled after the National Championships, which are slated to take place at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam at the end of this month.

He said the athletes making the provisional squad were selected based on their recent performances at local and international events.

"We have identified a 12-member provisional squad after the National Championships which are slated for the end of this month, we will unveil the final six who will represent the country in the African Championships... the athletes will be selected based on their recent performance," he said.

There is an uncertainty if AT will host the National Championships scheduled for May 27-28, as the dates for the championships are likely to collide with the new dates for the 2022 East and Central Africa Junior Athletics Championships (EAAR).

The EAAR Championships were slated for last week but were postponed due to a lack of finances as the main sponsors, World Athletics (WA), did not release the funds.

The AT secretary-general said they still believe the championships will be held on the planned dates, but they are flexible to any changes suggested by EAAR.

Forty-two out of Africa’s 54 countries have confirmed their participation at African Championships to be held at the Côte d'Or National Sports Complex.

Initially, the continental competition was supposed to be held in Algeria last year but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forty-five events, including men’s hurdles, decathlon, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, hammer and javelin, and for women, hurdles, heptathlon, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin are earmarked for the event.

Since its inaugural edition in 1979 African Athletics Championships were at first organized intermittently with nine editions held in 14 years until 1993.

Following the 10th edition in 1996 the showdown has been organized biennially for even years and is always held in the same year as the Summer Olympics.

The 21st edition of the African Championships was held in Asaba, Nigeria in August 2018.

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