- 03 Oct 2003
- IOC News
8th All Africa Games: The Unity Games
Six thousand athletes from 53 countries will compete between 4 and 18 October at the 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria. IOC President Jacques Rogge will attend the opening ceremony on Saturday 4 October. The All Africa Games are being staged as "The Unity Games".
The All Africa Games is the most important sports event for African athletes. They will compete in 22 sports from athletics to wrestling. Some 1,200 officials will ensure that the competitions run smoothly in 15 different venues such as the ultramodern National Stadium in Abuja, built in a record time of 31 months. Around 1,200 journalists are expected to cover the Games. So there will be record participation in all areas.
From Brazzaville to Abuja
Abuja is staging the 8th edition of the All Africa Games, after Johannesburg in 1999, Harare in 1995, Cairo in 1991, Nairobi in 1987, Algiers in 1978, Lagos in 1973 and Brazzaville in 1965.
President Rogge at the Opening Ceremony
IOC President Jacques Rogge will attend the Opening Ceremony in the National Stadium on Saturday 4 October. During his three-day stay in the Nigerian capital, the IOC President will also meet the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as the Nigerian Vice-President and Chairman of the Committee for the All Africa Games, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. President Rogge will attend swimming, basketball, hockey, boxing and baseball competitions, and will also take advantage of the occasion to meet executives of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and the Nigerian Olympic Committee.
8th All Africa Games (official website)