African Youth Games at Hand

Cameroon will participate in thirteen sports disciplines in this year’s edition of the competition. Almost everything is set for the participation of Cameroon in the 3rd African Youth Games in Alger come July 18 to 28. 

FRU Claudia AMABO

Made up of 135 people amongst which 98 athletes and members of technical, administrative and medical staff, the Cameroonian delegation is currently intensifying its preparation ahead of this important sports meeting which will bring together 12 countries from the

Cameroon will participate in 13 sports disciplines notably athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, handball (women) football (men), gymnastics, weightlifting, judo, karate, wrestling, table tennis, lawn tennis and volleyball. Sources at the National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSC) say all the teams are presently training in Yaounde since June 23, 2018. The training period will run till July 13, 2018. Team Cameroon will leave for Algiers on July 13, 2018 where they will familiarize at the games village before the kick off of the games on July 18, 2018.The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mkpatt, is expected to lead the country’s delegation to the games. The official delegation is expected to leave the country on July 17, 2018.   At the administrative level everything is going on smoothly. The third preparatory meeting took place on Wednesday July 4, 2018.

The African Youth Games is an international multi-sport event held every four years to complement the current All Africa Games. The first games took place in Rabat, Morocco. The 2nd African Youth Games took place in Gaborone, Botswana, from 22 to 31 May 2014. The African Youth Games targets the 14 to 18 age group, and is thought to contribute to the development of African sport and to the growth of Olympic values, as well as act as a trial run for the Olympic Games.

After running previous 11 editions as the All-Africa Games, the games have been renamed the African Games. The decision for the name change was taken, during the Executive Council meeting of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2012. 50 nations have won at least a single medal in the African Games, from 54 National Olympic Committees participating throughout the history of the Games. 42 nations have won at least a single gold medal. Among which Cameroon with 11 participations, 32 Gold medals, 49 Silver and 111Bronze medals.

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