African Southern Region Athletics Championships

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African Southern Region Athletics Championships
Athletics pictogram.svg
Genreoutdoor track and field
Frequencybiennial
Venuevaries
ParticipantsSouthern African nations
Organised byConfederation of African Athletics

The African Southern Region Athletics Championships is a biennial international outdoor track and field competition between Southern African nations, organised by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA). Typically held over two days in June or July, it was established in 1995 and replaced the African Zone VI Championships.[1] It is one of four regional championships organised by the CAA, alongside the North, East and West African Athletics Championships.[2][3][4]

The competition is one of three senior athletics championships organised for the region, alongside the African Southern Region Cross Country Championships (held same year as the track and field meet)[5] and the African Southern Region Half Marathon Championships (held annually).[6] There is also an age category counterpart to the competition, in the form of the African Southern Region U18/U20 Athletics Championships, which is held in even-numbered years,[7][8] and the Cossasa Games – an athletics competition for Southern African students organised by the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa.[9]

The competition is used as preparation by athletes who have been selected for the World Championships in Athletics, which takes place one to two months after the regional championships.[10] Each edition of the championships attracts around a dozen countries and around 600 athletes in total.[11]

The 2019 event was due to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, but Athletics South Africa cancelled the event due to financial issues stemming from the legal case against the IAAF's testosterone rules.[12]

Editions[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Nations Athletes
1 1995 Harare Zimbabwe [1]
2 1997 Durban South Africa [1]
3 1999 Harare Zimbabwe [1]
4 2000 Harare Zimbabwe [1]
5 2001 Harare Zimbabwe 30 June – 1 July [1][13]
6 2003 Lusaka Zambia 7–8 June [1][14]
7 2005 Harare Zimbabwe 2–3 July [10]
8 2007 Windhoek Namibia 26–27 May [15]
9 2009 Gaborone Botswana 30–31 May 11 ~600 [11][16][17]
10 2011 Maputo Mozambique 2–3 July [18]
11 2013 Gaborone Botswana 1–2 June [19][20]
12 2015 Reduit Mauritius 12–13 June [21]
13 2017 Harare Zimbabwe 10–11 June [22]
14 2019 Reduit Mauritius 5–6 July [23]

Events[edit]

The competition programme features 32 regular athletics events: seven track running events, two obstacle events, three jumps, and four throws for both the sexes.[1]

Track running
Obstacle events
Jumping events
Throwing events

3000 metres steeplechase, pole vault, and women's distance events are held irregularly due to a lack of entrants and organisational barriers.

Participation[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ West African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  3. ^ East African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  4. ^ North African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  5. ^ Ouma, Mark (2007-02-25). Nations share spoils at Southern Africa XC Champs. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  6. ^ CAA Southern Region half-marathon championships, Antananarivo (Madagascar) 4/09/2016. Africathle. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  7. ^ Record medal haul for SA on Day 2 of CAA Southern Region U18/U20 Championships. Athletics Africa (2018-04-29). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  8. ^ Ouma, Mark (2006-07-16). African Southern Region Junior Champs . IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  9. ^ Junior athletes gear up for Cossasa Games. The Namibian (2018-05-02). Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  10. ^ a b Ouma, Mark (2005-07-04). Southern Africa regional championships . IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  11. ^ a b Mokganedi, Mosah (2009-06-01). Botswana: All Set for Regional Athletics Meet. All-Africa. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  12. ^ Mauritius to host the two-day African Athletics Confederation’s champs. Sports Leo (2019-07-03). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  13. ^ Frank Chinyoka. IAAF. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  14. ^ Zambia: ...as 2 National Team Players Injured. Times of Zambia (2003-07-03). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  15. ^ Namibia: Tjipee Vies for a Place. All Africa (2008-05-25). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  16. ^ SA athletes in Botswana. SASCOC (2009-05-29). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  17. ^ Athletes back with loads of medals. Team SA (2009-06-02). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  18. ^ Southern Africa championships, Maputo (Mozambique) 2-3/07/2011. Africa Athle. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  19. ^ Zim athletics team falters in Botswana. Newsday (2013-06-05). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  20. ^ Mokganedi, Mosah (2013-05-16). BAA announces LOC for regional championships. Mmegi. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  21. ^ Southern Region Senior Championships in Athletics. Mauritius Athletics Association. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  22. ^ South Africa dominate at Southern Region Senior Championships in Harare. Athletics Africa (2017-06-15). Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  23. ^ CAA Southern Region championships, Reduit (Mauritius) 5-6/07/2019. Africa Athle. Retrieved 2019-09-10.