Memo from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

The just ended 17th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics will go down as one of the most historic athletics tournament ever held.

By Daniel Itai

Participants from all walks of life came and gave a thrilling and unforgettable performance that left spectators wanting for more.

One of the most emotional moments was the parting away of two iconic athletes Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Mo Farah of Great Britain who decided to hang their international boots after years of thrilling performances.

One element that really stood up was the performance of African participants. Of the more than 35 African countries that participated at the tournament only eight managed to bag medals and they comprised of Burundi, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.


However, the intriguing fact was that most of the athletes that were really outstanding were relatively African natives regardless of the fact that they were not representing African teams.

This clearly shows that Africa does not only have the talent when it comes to athletes but crème de la crème.


All that is needed is for African countries to invest and nature the athletes talents rather than looking the other way.

It is very disheartening to see a former African athlete being actively participant in a European or American country simply because his or her native country could not cherish and nourish their talent.

It’s time African countries rise up and invest not only in their athletes but also the rest of the sporting fraternity.

This is not only beneficial to the athlete or sportsman but also the country. It’s time Africa rises up to the occasion because the talent is there and all that is needed is nourishment and cherishment.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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