All African Games commences in Morocco
The 12th edition of the all African Games is underway in Rabat, Morocco which started on August 19, 2019 and lasts until August 31, 2019. Ethiopia will be taking part in the tournament represented in 13 different fields.
More than 7,000 athletes from 54 nations are expected to participate in 26 disciplines with 301 events set to take place. Particular events will also serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. These include athletics, rowing, canoeing, karate, swimming, weightlifting, beach volleyball, tennis, cycling, judo, wrestling and taekwondo.
Undeniably, the Ethiopian national team has only been popular in long distance athletics sports on the global stage. However, in the all African games, athletes will have a chance to practice and participate in various disciplines in order to develop Olympic sports in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian national team is represented in the 4×4 Basketball, Bicycle, Boxing, Swimming, Gymnastics, World Taekwondo, Chess, Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Ground Tennis, Karate and Badminton.
In the 2015 All African games, the Ethiopian national team finished 10th on the medals board with a total of 22 medals collecting 7 gold medals, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals. However, in this year’s competition, Ethiopia has thus far collected 1 gold and two bronze medals.
This will be the first time the African games are hosted by Morocco following the country’s readmission to the African Union.
Kenya, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia were in the race to host the 2019 games. However, because of the lack of facilities and economic resources these nations were unable to host the tournament. In July 2018, Rabat, Morocco was selected to replace Equatorial Guinea as the host of the 2019 competition.