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.
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 8-12MauritiusCote d’Or National Sports Complex
2021 , June 22-26 (cancelled)AlgeriaStade olympique d'Oran
2018, August 1-5NigeriaStephen Keshi Stadium
2016, June 22-26South AfricaKings Park Stadium, Durban
2014, August 10-14MoroccoGrand Stade de Marrakech, Morocco
2012, June 29 - July 1BeninStade Charles-de-Gaulle, Porto-Novo
2021, July 28 - August 1KenyaNyayo National Stadium, Nairobi
2008, April 30 - May 4EthiopiaStade d'Addis-Abeba
2006, August 9 - 13MauritiusStade Germain-Comarmond, Bambous
2004, July 14 - 18DR CongoStade Alphonse-Massamba-Débat, Brazzaville
2002, August 6 - 10TunisiaStade du 7-Novembre, Tunis
2000, July 12-15AlgeriaStade 5-Juillet, Alger
1998, August 18-22SenegalStade Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Alger
1996, June 13-16CamerounStade Ahmadou-Ahidjo, Yaoundé
1993, June 23-27South AfricaMoses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
1992, June 25-28MauritiusStade Anjalay, Belle Vue Maurel
1990, October 3-6EgyptStade international du Caire, Cairo
1989, August 4-8NigeriaLagos, Nigeria
1988, August 29 - September 2AlgeriaStade du 19-Mai-1956, Annaba
1985, August 15-18EgyptCairo International Stadium, Cairo
1984, July 12-15MoroccoStade Moulay-Abdallah, Rabat
1982, August 25-28EgyptCairo International Stadium, Cairo
1979, August 2-5SenegalStade Demba-Diop, Dakar