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A couple of talented Libyan athletes are in Nigeria for warm-weather preparations ahead of the 17th African Senior Athletics Championships scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya this summer.
A new athletics stadium is underway in the city of Tlemcen, specifically at the tourism centre of Lalla Setti overlooking the city.
Moroccan Royal Athletics Federation (FRMA) dismisses former 5000m Olympic champion Said Aouita as its technical director just seven months after signing a four-year contract.
FRMA Vice-President Abdennebi Selighane said: "Aouita breached his commitments to the organisation due to recent media outbursts in which he criticised the national athletics authority.
"He expressed a desire to leave the management body and not accompany the Moroccan team to the World Cross Country Championships in Jordan."
Aouita told Magharebia.com he had not expected the FRMA's reaction when he merely expressed his opinion regarding the obstacles impeding his work as technical director.