The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Confederation of African Athletics, CAA, on behalf of IAAF, for the establishment of a training center at the University of Port Harcourt.
The agreement was the high point of the just concluded Marrakech 2014 African Athletics Championships.
The center, the first of its kind in Africa, is nearing completion at the University of Port Harcourt main campus.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the President of CAA, Hamad KalKaba, said that the CAA and IAAF decided to establish the center in Port Harcourt because it will give athletes the opportunity to train and study.
“This has been our dream for so long, but I thank God that the dream is now a reality,” he said.
Mr. Kalkaba said strong countries in Africa like Nigeria and South Africa must assist smaller countries to achieve their potentials by providing assistance in all areas.