Cape Town - The President of the Confederation of African
Athletics Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, who is also the Vice President of IAAF (International
Association of Athletics Association), has praised Athletics South Africa for
what he has called a job well done.
President Kalkaba, who also co-hosted
President of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe at Kings Park Athletics Stadium, said
he is particularly impressed that the execution of the competition was to the
level and caliber of the Championships.
“I want to first thank South Africa for
organising a beautiful competition in such a short space of time,” said
President Kalkaba. “We understand that the federation could only do things to a
certain point and the rest depended on the response of the local government
authorities who were partners.
“It is not easy to organise an event of
this magnitude in the short time that ASA President Aleck Skhosana and the
Local Organising Committee had.
“When organising at this level there
will always be challenges that may not be overcome. We are aware of the many
challenges they faced and we appreciate that they did everything to put the CAA
event at a good level.
“Also, on behalf of the Confederation,
I congratulate South Africa for your achievement as a country in defending the
Championship which you won in Morocco,” said Kalkaba.
ASA President Skhosana, was also quick
to recognise the firsts that this Championship has produced, praising his LOC for
rising to the occasion each time it was pushed to do better.
“I must also express my joy and pride
to all Team South Africa athletes for flying the national flag high and for
each of their efforts that took our performance further.
“In Morocco we tallied at 12 gold
medals. Here at home our 96-member squad has now raised this to a whopping 16
golds accompanied by nine silvers and eight bronze.
“This is a much needed confidence-boosting
statement as we now work towards the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
“Without singling any particular
athletes in our team, the performances of elite, senior and athletes from our
junior ranks continue to say we are on the track as a federation and as a
“We must also pride ourselves to have
had the most participating nations ever for this competition with 48 out of 54 and
just over 40 national federation Presidents attending.
“This is a clear expression of
confidence by our sister countries in the ability of firstly our federation and
then South Africa in hosting international events of this nature.”
Skhosana was quick to thank President
Kalkaba, Secretary General Lamine Faty and the entire CAA membership for
trusting South Africa to handle the Championship and for all the support that
He then directed his attention to the KwaZulu
Natal province and the City of Durban: “The leadership in the province and here
eThekwini never disappointed and went on to provide a top quality facility for
“The new track and upgraded facility
are now a legacy for domestic and other future competitions,” Skhosana said. “We
must not forget to also thank TV broadcaster, SuperSport for putting South
Africa first, coming in at the last moment.
“Without them, we would have had a TV
blackout. The Championship managed to go international because we were able to
offer TV coverage.”
There were 48 countries, with entries
at 352 women and 467 men.