Fifty-five days before the opening of the XIth edition of the JIOI of 2023 which will be played from August 25 to September 4 in Madagascar, the Malagasy Federation of Athletics (FMA), as a dress rehearsal before the JIOI of 2023, organizes, from June 30 to July 2, at the Barea stadium in Mahamasina, the Madagascar senior athletics championship. “One hundred and sixty-three athletes, from the provincial championships by way of invitation, were chosen for this national game for seniors based on their performance. The objective is to closely follow the athletes who have a level, the XIth edition of the JIOI of 2023 requires”, confides Hery Rambeloson, national technical director of the FMA. The first day was marked by the final of the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters. Among the ladies, Lalaina Marie Chantale Ravoniarisoa from CAMI d’Itasy won the title of Madagascar champion in 40’21”5/100. Nanie Madeleine Razafindrafara of AS Fanalamanga took the title of vice-champion of Madagascar by completing the distance of 10,000 meters in 40’49”8. Oliva Rabemihoatra of COSPN from Analamanga, in her time of 40’59”9, climbed on the third step of the podium.
On the men’s side, Onjaniaina Alain Patrick Ralaiarimanana of COSFA is crowned Madagascar 10,000 meter champion with his time of 31’29”7, followed by Jean Claude of Crown athletics of Antsirabe, 31’35”3, as vice -champion of Madagascar. The indefatigable Mampitroatse was once again talked about by winning third place with his time of 32’00”9. On the distance queen of athletics, Haingo Brigitte Razanajafy, trainee from China in the series of 100 meters left her pursuers far behind her. Same case for Cynthia Félicité in 400 meters, Sylvain Benandro (Trainee from China) in 100 meters and Remandro Patrice (China) in 400 meters. The revelation of the first day of the senior Madagascar championship was the work of Toky Ralison from Antsirabe who achieved a time of 10”4 over the distance of 100 meters flat. Hery Rambeloson, the Fma’s national technical director explained that “the athletes are all comfortable running on the new track at the Barea stadium in Mahamasina and I hope that better performances will be achieved. Due to the lack of facilities, other events have been left out and that’s a shame. At 55 days from the 2023 JIOI, I wonder if there will be a regrouping or not. Fifty medals are to be sought for athletics and we will try to align the athletes deemed “medal-winning” at the 2023 JIOI at home”, he concludes.