Brazzaville: the capital of African sport! 15,000 athletes, 80,000 supporters expected, 55 African countries taking part, 24 sporting disciplines represented, including 2 Paralympic, the 11th All-Africa Games open on 4 September and are set to be magnificent.
The All-Africa Games 2015 will begin with the opening ceremony inside the new Kintélé Stadium on Friday 4 September and will close two weeks later on Saturday 19 September, again at the Kintélé Stadium.
Founded in 1965 as successors to the Friendship Games, and held every 4 years, this year the All-Africa Games are celebrating their fiftieth edition. Brazzaville will once again host the competition, having been the organiser in 1965.
Several infrastructure elements have been re-furbished for the event, and a sports complex built in Kintélé. This includes a 60,055 seat stadium, a 20,028 seat aquatics centre and the “Palais des Sports” venue which can accommodate 10,140 spectators.
The “Olympic village” is being built on the Université Denis Sassou N’Guesso campus. There are 12 buildings, each with 312 rooms, four lifts, eight staircases, kitchens, laundries, as well as class and rest rooms, which will be able to accommodate a little over 8,000 athletes and support staff. It will be repurposed at the end of the Games for inclusion within the university complex, bringing its student capacity up to 20,000.
These Games are of capital importance for the country, which intends to prove to the international community and African delegations that it can meet the challenge of these 11th All-Africa Games, showing it has the capacity to successfully organise large scale events on its home territory.