Former javelin world champion, Julius Yego yesterday morning completed the star cast of athletes at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, which opening ceremony was held early in the day.Yego led the last set of athletes to the Delta State Capital yesterday.
According to the Head of Media and Publicity for the African Championships, Olukayode Thomas, Yego, who came in with Team Kenya, said they were happy to finally be on ground to compete with the rest of the continent.
While admitting that the past days had been hectic for Team Kenya and some few other countries, Yego, who is one of the top names at this year’s championship, said they would have to catch their breath fast and get ready for action.Despite the glitches in their travel schedule, Team Kenya remained resolute in their plan to conquer the continent in Asaba.
Speaking on arrival at the Asaba Airport, the leader for Team, Peter Mutai said they had gotten behind them their delayed travel to Asaba and were now focused on winning as many medals as possible.
“We are glad we are here now. As I said when we came for the DRM meeting we are coming to win as many medals as possible. Despite the hiccups here and there which of course happens, especially with the number of people coming into Nigeria at the same time, we are still focused on taking all the medals.
“This is a big team from Kenya, with almost 65 athletes and we are focused on what we came here to do,” Mutai stated.Aside from Team Kenya, the remaining batches of athletes from Egypt, Cameroun, Sierra Leone and South Sudan, among others all arrived yesterday.The Asaba 2018 is a record-breaking event as 52 countries will be on parade in the next five-day championship in the newly-completed Stephen Keshi Stadium.