Presentation of the 12th African Games

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, the 12th African Games will take place in Rabat from 19-31 August, 2019 in accordance with the MOA signed in Rabat, on November 10th, 2018, approving Morocco to host such major sports event, following the withdrawal of Equatorial Guinea. The Games will be held in the following cities: Rabat, Salé, Temara, Casablanca, Benslimane and El Jadida.

The 12th edition, which coincides with the commemoration of the Youth Day, will be, for the first time in African Games history, a qualification step to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

This important continental event will be marked by the participation of more than 6,000 athletes competing in 26 sports disciplines, 17 of which arequalifying to the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

The African Games is a multi-sport contest geared towardsadvancingtop-class African Sports and to foster cultural exchanges between the Member States of the African Union. It is held in accordance with the provisions of the Sports Architecture in Africa agreed by the 5th Ordinary Assembly of the Ministers of Sports, convened on 25&26th July, 2013 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and endorsed upon the Decision of the Executive Board. The organization of African Games draws from the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the Statute of the Africa Sports Council.

History

The first African Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville. The Founder of the Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, who conceived the African Games, has rechristened the Friendship Games, which included French-Speaking countries; the first Games were, therefore, held in Brazzaville in 1965 and recognized by the International Olympics Committee. The previous editions of the Games were scheduled as follows:

Edition

Year City Country

Dates

I

1965 Brazzaville

Republic of the Congo

18 – 25 July 1965

1969 Bamako

Mali

Cancelled

II

1973 Lagos

Nigeria

7 – 18 January 1973

III

1978 Algiers

Algeria

13 – 28 July 1978

IV

1987 Nairobi

Kenya

1er – 12 August 1987

V

1991 Cairo

Égypte

20 September – 1er October 1991

VI

1995 Harare

Zimbabwe

13 – 23 September 1995

VII

1999 Johannesburg

South Africa

10 – 19 September 1999

VIII

2003 Abuja

Nigeria

5 – 17 October 2003

IX

2007 Algiers

Algeria

11 – 23 July 2007

X

2011 Maputo

Mozambique

3 – 18 September 2011

XI

2015 Brazzaville

Republic of the Congo

4 – 19 September 2015

XII

2019

Rabat

Morocco

19 – 31 August 2019

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