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The Afro-Asian Games

The Afro-Asian Games was an inter-continental multi-sport competition held between athletes from Asia and Africa. The event was held only once, in 2003. It was a unique event, as except for the Olympic Games, no other multi-sport competition brings athletes from these two continents together for one event.

The host city was Hyderabad in India. It was held between 24 October – 1 November 2003. 2040 competitors from 96 nations took part in 131 sporting events in eight sports. There were 43 Asian countries and 53 African countries. The sports were: Athletics, Boxing, Football, Field hockey, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, and Weightlifting. The country to lead the medal tally was China, followed by India then Japan. Athletes from Asia won the intercontinental battle, winning 82 gold medals, against Africa's 49.

The idea to hold an inter-continental sporting event between Asia and Africa was first proposed in 1983. After many delays the inaugural event was held in 2003. The Games were due to be held once every four years. The second Games were planned to take place in Algiers, Algeria in 2007. However, the Games were indefinitely postponed.

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