African Games: The colours and the sports of the continent

African Games: The colours and the sports of the continent

The African Games in Ghana feature both sporting and cultural events.
Fans come en mass to support their national teams. Photo: AFP

By Kudra Maliro

Ghana hosts the 13th edition of the African Games featuring about 4,000 athletes in 29 sporting disciplines from March 8 to 23.

The event, organised by the African Union (AU) on behalf of its member states every four years, is much more than sports, Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said.

African Games feature 29 sporting events. Photo: Others

"These Games will showcase the unique cultural heritage and sporting talent of the African continent and its diversity," the Ghanaian president said in the capital Accra, where the games kicked off last Friday.

There are various athletes representing countries from across the continent in the sporting extravaganza.

Africa Games is an opportunity for cultural display. Photo: Others

The games include basketball, football, tennis, weightlifting, cycling, swimming, handball, volleyball, and wrestling.

Some of the winners will qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, according to organisers. The event is being supported by 3,000 officials and 2,000 volunteers.

The African Games in Ghana is the 13th.

In the football section, eight nations in the men’s division, including hosts Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia, Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, and Benin, are competing.

Some of the winners will travel for Paris Olympics 2024. Photo: Others

Apart from Accra, the games are also taking place in Kumasi and Cape Coast.

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