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The African Games

The African Games, also known as the All-Africa Games or the Pan African Games, and popularly known as the "African Olympics", is a major continental multi-sport event for athletes from nations of Africa, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and held every four years.

1973 All Africa Games (image from Wikipedia Commons) 1973 All Africa Games

The All-Africa Games have had a huge significance for the African continent not just as a platform for showcasing African sporting talent but in terms of their portrayal of African aspirations for freedom, unity and independence.

One of the most spectacular and successful expressions of African sport, the African Games was conceived as early as in 1920 by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympics. The games were finally launched in 1965.

30 African nations participated in the first All Africa Games in Brazzaville in 1965, whereas 53 African nations and 5000+ athletes are expected to participate at the next Games in 2024.

The 11th edition of the games took place in the Republic of the Congo in September 2015. This was also the 50th anniversary of the first edition of the games, which as was hosted in Brazzaville.

The 12th African Games took place in 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. They were originally awarded to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, but were taken off them due to economic problems and passed to Lusaka, Zambia, before finishing with Morocco. The 13th edition, planned for 2023, was postponed to 2024

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