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  • BrazzaTV Broadens Global Appeal of All-Africa Games


    09/15/15

    (ATR) Spectators from across the globe are tuning in live to watch competition at the 2015 All-Africa Games.

    Opening ceremony of the 2015 All-Africa Games (Getty Images)
    Organizers are streaming each day of competition on the official channel of the 2015 All-Africa Games. 

    Viewers watch as the 12th day came to a close in Brazzaville, Congo on Tuesday. 

    Table tennis events kicked off competition at the games on Tuesday, followed by events in athletics, basketball, handball, football, judo, and tennis.

    As of Sept. 10, Egypt sat atop the medal table with a total of 93 medals. South Africa followed with 67 and Algeria rounded out the top three with 48 medals.

    In the gold medal race, Egypt was only two medals above second-place South Africa with 31 and 29 respectively.

    The event marks the 50th anniversary of the games. Brazzaville hosted the first-ever All-Africa Games in 1965.

    Political and civil turmoil in the country of Burundi loomed over the All-Africa Games this year. The decision last spring of the incumbent president, Pierre Nkurunziza, to run for a third term tipped the country into civil turmoil.

    Egypt tops the medal table for the All-Africa Games so far this year (Getty Images)
    Francs Jeux spoke with Tharcisse Harerimana, the director of the National Olympic Committee of Burundi programs, about how this crisis affected the All-Africa Games.

    "It is obviously very difficult. Athletes still in Burundi face daily difficulties to train," Harerimana said.

    The sports leader also said that a solidarity program, established by the IOC, provided financial assistance to athletes who were preparing for the All-Africa Games in cities like Kigali and Kampala.

    Sports on the competition schedule for Wednesday include athletics, basketball, handball, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and wrestling.

    Approximately 8,000 athletes from 54 countries will compete throughout the 15 day event. Competition in Brazzaville ends on Sept. 19. 

    Written by Nicole Bennett

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