From Inside the Games

The postponed African Athletics Championships in Algiers will be held before the rearranged Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year, the head of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) has confirmed.

CAA President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum said the event would take place between 40 days and a month prior to Tokyo 2020, rescheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021.

The World Athletics vice-president added it was the responsibility of local organisers to confirm new dates for the event.

Malboum confirmed Algiers, which had been due to stage the Championships in June before the competition was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, would retain the hosting rights.

He also suggested the Championships would take on extra significance for athletes as it will fall in the revised Olympic qualification window.

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