Nigeria is among six African countries that are preparing a bid to host athletics’ IAAF World Championships in 2025, according to Ibrahim Gusau, president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, after the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, said that it would favour an African host for the event.
Gusau said: “Africa will host the 2025 World Championships. The CAA [Confederation of African Athletics] has proposed six countries. And the sports minister has given us the go-ahead to bid.
“The Abuja stadium is going to be renovated, railway lines will be in place. With what we have done here in Asaba we should be able to put a strong bid.”
Asaba in Nigeria’s Delta State has been hosting the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships, which concluded yesterday. The championships were visited by Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF.
The other five countries that have expressed interest in hosting the IAAF World Championships are thought to be Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.
The 2021 IAAF World Championships will be hosted by Eugene in Oregon, USA, while Budapest has been named as the preferred European city to host the championships in 2023.