COCAAS22

Mauritius, capital of African athletics

After previously hosting two editions of the African Championships back in 1992 and 2006, Mauritius is again gearing up to become the capital of African athletics from June 8 to 12. This year, the best African athletes will perform on the brand-new track of Cote d'Or.

The Mauritian Athletics Association bid to host the 22nd edition of the African Championships after the cancellation of the last edition, which was to be held in Oran, Algeria. This audacity will be rewarded since the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), the supreme authority of this sport discipline on the continent, assigned the continental rendez-vous again after the editions of 1992, held at the Anjalay stadium, and 2006, at the Germain Comarmond stadium, in Bambous.

For now, 42 out of Africa’s 54 countries have confirmed their attendance in June. The organizing committee is still waiting to know if the remaining countries will show up in June. They have until May to confirm their participation.

 

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The Cote d’Or National Sports Complex

This long-awaited event will take place at the state-of-the-art centrepiece of Mauritius, located in the village of Cote d'Or, St Pierre.

Rated in the top 5 sports hub in Africa and inaugurated on 15 July 2019, the Côte d'Or National Sports Complex is the largest and fully integrated sports and entertainment hub in the Indian Ocean and in the African region. It is spread across 19 hectares and boasts a myriad of international level facilities to host major and mega events:

  • 2 FINA Certified swimming pools
  • 2 FIFA Certified football pitches
  • 1 Olympic level indoor arena
  • 1 World Athletics certified athletics track and field
  • 1 Warm-up athletics track and field
  • 1 High Performance Centre (HPC) for national and international elite athletes
  • 1 High Performance Centre (HPC) gym
  • 1 Outdoor HIIT gym

Colonel Malboum Kalkaba, on an official visit to Mauritius last January, seized the opportunity to visit the Côte d'Or National Sports Complex. He also met the representatives of the various commissions set up by the organizing committee for the 22nd African championships.

From 1979 to 2022: a 43-year-old legacy

The very first African championships in athletics go back to 1979, when Senegal hosted the African Athletics Confederation flagship event. The 2022 event will mark the 22nd edition of the most coveted titles. From this fateful August 2, 1979, to June 8, 2022, 43 years of African athletics look down on us. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…

  • 2022, June 8-12Mauritius

    Cote d’Or National Sports Complex
  • 2021 , June 22-26 (cancelled)Algeria

    Stade olympique d'Oran
  • 2018, August 1-5Nigeria

    Stephen Keshi Stadium
  • 2016, June 22-26South Africa

    Kings Park Stadium, Durban
  • 2014, August 10-14Morocco

    Grand Stade de Marrakech, Morocco
  • 2012, June 29 - July 1Benin

    Stade Charles-de-Gaulle, Porto-Novo
  • 2021, July 28 - August 1Kenya

    Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi
  • 2008, April 30 - May 4Ethiopia

    Stade d'Addis-Abeba
  • 2006, August 9 - 13Mauritius

    Stade Germain-Comarmond, Bambous
  • 2004, July 14 - 18DR Congo

    Stade Alphonse-Massamba-Débat, Brazzaville
  • 2002, August 6 - 10Tunisia

    Stade du 7-Novembre, Tunis
  • 2000, July 12-15Algeria

    Stade 5-Juillet, Alger
  • 1998, August 18-22Senegal

    Stade Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Alger
  • 1996, June 13-16Cameroun

    Stade Ahmadou-Ahidjo, Yaoundé
  • 1993, June 23-27South Africa

    Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
  • 1992, June 25-28Mauritius

    Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Maurel
  • 1990, October 3-6Egypt

    Stade international du Caire, Cairo
  • 1989, August 4-8Nigeria

    Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1988, August 29 - September 2Algeria

    Stade du 19-Mai-1956, Annaba
  • 1985, August 15-18Egypt

    Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
  • 1984, July 12-15Morocco

    Stade Moulay-Abdallah, Rabat
  • 1982, August 25-28Egypt

    Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
  • 1979, August 2-5Senegal

    Stade Demba-Diop, Dakar