ALGIERS, 15 May 2021 – The fate of this year’s African Athletics Championships is unclear after Algeria announced a third postponement of the competition.

In a statement Friday, Algeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sports (MJS) said the delay is “due to the health situation, marked by a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the risk of circulation of new variant(s).”

Athletes Compete at the African Athletics Championships - Photo Liberty V Radio

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Bringing Home the Gold Medals – Photo Guardian Nigeria

Two previous postponements were blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic as well.

Initially, the Algerian city of Oran was expected to host the event between the 1st and 5th of June 2021, before it was postponed and moved to the capital, Algiers, and scheduled to take place 22-26 June 2021.

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An Eye on the Tokyo Olympics – Photo African Masters Athletics

It would have been near-perfect timing to get African athletes warmed up for the Summer Olympics set to begin next July in Tokyo, Japan.

Asaba Last Host of AAC - Sporting Life Nigeria

Asaba Last Host of AAC – Sporting Life Nigeria

Many African athletes are disappointed by the postponement as it probably means they will miss the only other chance they had to achieve the qualifying standards for the Olympics.

Athletes must meet the qualifying mark no later than 29 June 2021 to take part in the Olympics.

The last African Athletics Championships held in 2018 in the Nigerian city of Asaba.

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