Nigeria Loses Out To South Africa As WASM World Congress Makes African Debut

Cross section of Africans attending the 4th WASM AGM
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The Executive Management Board of the World Association for Sports Management (WASM) has announced that the fifth edition of its World Conference will be hosted by North West University, Cape Town-South Africa in March 2026.

The WASM board made the announcement on Wednesday, 8 March, 2023 at its Annual General Meeting which took place in the College of Education Auditorium of Qatar University’s campus Doha, at the ongoing 4th WASM Conference 2023, according to a statement made available to The Dream Daily Newspaper signed by Africa Sports Management Association (ASMA) Continental Secretariat Administrator, Olufemi Abioye.

 The Statement disclosed further: “Africa beats three other continental Bids in a Bid Competition which ranked Nigeria’s Africa Bid as second to South Africa, while the Australia Bid was ranked third from over 40 bids submitted by WASM members as all roads now Lead to Cape Town, South Africa.

 “Speaking to Local Media in Doha Prof. Oluwaseun Omotayo expressed delight at the outcome of the Bid process. According to him this is indeed a good development. Though Nigeria lost out to South Africa the joy for me as President Africa Sports Management Association (ASMA) is that Africa triumphed. The Congress coming to Africa shall expectedly deepen Professionalism in Sports Management practice on the Continent.

L-R Prof. Oluwaseun Omotayo, Member of the WASM Executive Board and Acting President of ASMA; Dr. Karen Danylchuk, out-going President of WASM; and Prof. Ruth Crabtree, newly elected President of WASM… at the 4thAGM.

“Prof. Omotayo the ASMA President led the Africa Delegation consisting of Members from Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Benin, South Africa and Kenya to the Congress in Doha Qatar where Professor Ruth Crabtree of the United Kingdom emerged unopposed as the new WASM President,” the statement added.

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