West African Athletics Championships
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Genreoutdoor track and field
Venuevaried
Inaugurated1997
ParticipantsWest African nations
Organised byConfederation of African Athletics

The West African Athletics Championships is an international athletics competition between West African nations, organised by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).

The event was first held in 1997, two years after a combined West and North African Athletics Championships, and was contested on four occasions until 2005.[1] The event was relaunched as a biennial, senior and under-20 competition in 2017 under the official title of the CAA Region 2 African Championships.[2][3]

Nigeria, the largest nation in the region, did not take part in 1997 or 2005. As a result, the competition was an opportunity for athletes from smaller nations in the region to train and prepare for larger scale athletics championships.[4][5]

The CAA began to organise other regional African championships in the same period, including the East African Athletics Championships, North African Athletics Championships and African Southern Region Athletics Championships.[6][7][8]

Among other athletics events to be held for the region were the West African Games in 1977 and the West African Cross Country Championships in 1996.[5]

Editions

West African Athletics Championships

Edition Year City Country Date Nations Athletes
1 1997 Cotonou Benin [5]
2 1999 Bamako Mali [5]
3 2001 Lagos Nigeria [5]
4 2005 Dakar Senegal 29–30 April[4] [5]

CAA Region 2 African Championships

Edition Year City Country Date Nations Athletes
1 2017 Conakry Guinea 12–14 May[2]
2 2019 Niamey Niger 25–27 July[3]

Events

The competition programme features 33 regular athletics events: six track running events, two hurdles events, three jumps, three throws, and two relay races for both the sexes, plus a men's 10,000 metres.[5]

Track running
Obstacle events
Jumping events
Throwing events
Relay events

Several events were held once only, including a men's 3000 metres steeplechase in 1997, and hammer throw and 2000 m race walk for both men and women in 2001. Pole vault was not available as an event for either sex.[5]

References

  1. ^ West and North African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  2. ^ a b West African championships, Niamey (Niger) 25-27/07/2019. Africathle. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  3. ^ a b West African championships, Niamey (Niger) 25-27/07/2019. Africathle. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  4. ^ a b Ba, Oumar (2005-04-25). West African Championships in Dakar today and tomorrow. World Athletics. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h West African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  6. ^ African Southern Region Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  7. ^ West and North African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  8. ^ North African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-02-13.