African Athletics All-Africa Games 50th Anniversary 2015
African Athletics Africa Games
The All-Africa Games are organized by The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, which was founded in 1981 in Lome Togo. The All Africa Games were originally named the Friendship Games and then the Pan-African Games celebrate African athletics and African unity. In 2012, the name changed again to Africa Games.
One of the original All Africa Games supporters was an International Olympic Committee first African member, Egyptian sprinter Angelo Bolanaki. He was the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from an African nation.
In 1965, the first All Africa Games were held in Brazzaville Congo. Unfortunately, a military coup forced the cancellation of the second games in Mali in 1969. The spirit of the games could not be crushed; Lagos Nigeria hosted the second games in 1973. In 1977, the third games were scheduled to take place in Algiers Algeria, but were postponed for a year and were held in 1978.
The last of the delays, in Nairobi Kenya the original due date of the games was in 1983 but were deferred until 1985 finally taking place in 1987. South Africa was first permitted to compete in the All-Africa Games in 1995.
List of Africa Games Host Countries
I 1965 Brazzaville Republic of the Congo
1969 Disrupted by Military Coup, Bamako Mali
II 1973 Lagos Nigeria
III 1978 Algiers Algeria
IV 1987 Nairobi Kenya
V 1991 Cairo Egypt
VI 1995 Harare Zimbabwe
VII 1999 Johannesburg South Africa
VIII 2003 Abuja Nigeria
IX 2007 Algiers Algeria
X 2011 Maputo Mozambique
XI 2015 Brazzaville Republic of the Congo
XII 2019 Rabat Morocco