Last Friday, Vuvuzela’s and beating drums rang across Congo’s capital as Brazzaville gave leeway to the 11th edition of the African Games.
Being held in the new Kintele Stadium, 49 out of the 54 member states will be participating with over 6500 able bodied and disabled athletes using this platform to sharpen their skills and win awards in the process. Notably, when these games started 10 editions ago, it only had 29 countries and 2500 athletes participating.
Speaking at the opening, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma noted that the same Congo hosting the games this year on AU’s 50th anniversary hosted the first ever games. ““Today the African games return to their birthplace. Sport has a place to contribute to the achievement of the African vision of prosperity, peace and integration.” She noted, further paying gratitude to those who worked behind the scenes to organise these games, and wishing all the athletes the best in their endeavours throughout the tournament.
From the 5th to the 19th of September, 22 sporting codes including football, netball and martial arts will be actively participating I the tournament.