Africa In London 2012 Summer Olympics: Games of the XXX Olympiad

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By InformAfrica Editorial Staffs 

InformAfrica – All 53 African nations are participating in this year’s London 2012 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, which began Friday, July 27, 2012, and to end on Sunday, August 12, 2012, InformAfrica have gathered.

Africa in London 2012 Summer Olympics Games, 53 African countries
Dear InformAfrica reader, what is your opinion ‘per se’ an African nation hosting one of the next Olympics Games? Add your input in the comment box below after the following information.

All participating African nations in the 2012 London Olympics are also members of the National Olympic Committees.

To inform the African people of the achievements several African nations have achieved in the Olympic games – over the years, few African countries and their successes or participation in the Olympic games are highlighted below:

KENYA: Kenya were first represented by a team of 24 men and one woman at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Although Kenyans have competed in 14 Olympic sports, more than half their Olympians have contested Athletics events. They have a magnificent tradition in middle distance running and the steeplechase.

SUDAN: At Beijing 2008, Ismail Ahmed ISMAIL became Sudan’s first Olympic medallist when he took 800m silver.

UGANDA: Uganda first sent a team of three athletes to the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. All took part in athletics. They first included women in their team in 1964. Mary MUSANI went in the 80m hurdles and Irene MUYANGA took part in the 100m and 200m.

SENEGAL: Senegal were first represented by a 12-man team at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and competed exclusively in Athletics.

MOROCCO: Morocco were first represented by a team of 47 at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games. Their first medal was won by Rhadi Ben ABDESELLAM, who finished second in the men’s marathon. Morocco have a fine tradition in athletics and all their gold medals to date have come in this sport.

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia were first represented at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games by a 12-man team but it was at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games that they began a tradition of supreme long distance runners.

ANGOLA: When Angola first appeared at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, swimmer Jorge LIMA competed aged 13 years and eight days. He remains their youngest Olympian.

NIGERIA: Nigeria beat Argentina to win the gold medal in football at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. This was the first time a team from Africa had won this tournament. At Beijing 2008 Nigeria again reached the final but this time they lost 1-0 to Argentina.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa were first represented at the St Louis 1904 Olympic Games. Between 1964 and 1988, they were not permitted to compete and expelled from the Olympic movement in 1970 as a consequence of the apartheid regime then in force in the country.

CAMEROON: Francoise MBANGO ETONE is Cameroon’s most successful Olympian till date.

ZAMBIA: Zambia were first represented at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games when a team of 12 competed as Northern Rhodesia. They became independent as Zambia on the day of the Closing Ceremony. Boxer Keith MWILA claimed Zambia’s first Olympic medal when he took light flyweight bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

GHANA: Ghana first competed at the Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games under the name Gold Coast. A seven-man team took part in the athletics but to date, all Ghana’s individual Olympic medals have come in boxing.

ALGERIA: Hasiba Boulmerka’s win in the women’s 1500m at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games was the first Olympic gold for Algeria. At the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Nouredinne Morceli won the men’s 1500m. Nouriah Benida-Merah won gold in the women’s 1500m at Sydney 2000. Their other gold medal came in 1996 in the boxing competition.

GAMBIA: Gambia’s Gabriel M’BOA became their first Olympian when he competed in the 5000m at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games.

LIBYA: Libya’s first Olympic competitor was 400m hurdler Mohamed Souai ASSWAI KHALIFA. He formed a one-man team at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games. Libya sent a team of 29, their biggest to date, to the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games. They took part in five sports.

LIBERIA: Liberia was first represented by a four-man team in athletics at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. They have always taken part in athletics but at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, they also sent four boxers. Samuel STEWART won one bout to finished equal ninth in the light flyweight division, the best performance yet by a Liberian.

TUNISIA: Tunisia were first represented by a team of 40 at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games. Long distance runner Mohammad GAMMOUDI is Tunisia’s most successful Olympic athlete.

NAMIBIA: Namibia were first represented at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games by a team of six. Their outstanding performer was Frankie FREDERICKS who claimed silver medals in the 100m and 200m.

EGYPT: Egypt’s first gold medals came at the Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games.

SIERRA LEONE: Sierra Leone were first represented by a team of three at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games in Athletics and Boxing.

InformAfrica wishes all 53 African nations a successful participation in this year’s London 2012 Summer Olympics!   

Africa In London 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Africa In London 2012 Summer Olympic Games: May the best win!

The information provided above are brief highlights on the victory many African nations have achieved so far participating in the Olympics. This 2012 Summer Olympics is said to be the first Olympic Games in which every participating nation has had at least one female athlete – there are many African female athletes representing their respective countries.

After the 2012 Summer Olympics have come to pass, Russia will be hosting 2014 Winter Olympics  from February 7th – 23rd 2014 in Sochi, which is the XXII Olympic Winter Games, the Games of the XXII Olympiad, or the 22nd Winter Olympics.

The next Summer Olympics is due in 2016 which is officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and is to be hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of the country. Meanwhile, for 2018, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games is to be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Olympic games is hosted every other year.

Africa information gathered by InformAfrica from a 2011 press release states that Kenya’s prime minister Raila Amollo Odinga says the country’s Olympic success make it a choice candidate for the 2020 Olympics.

Raila Odinga made the comments in March last year when a team from Brazilian football club Palmeiras were touring Kenya.

According to a report in Kenyan newspaper The Standard, he said: “No country in Africa has won more Olympic medals than Kenya so we have all the rights to host the Games and we are asking Brazil to support us.”

Though Kenya shows interest in hosting an Olympics Games, it is possible that South Africa’s bid will overshadow that of Kenya and be the first African nation to host the Olympics Games.

There have been few complaints about the Olympics Games in the past including but not limited to, corruptive practices by the International Olympics Committee (IOC), the adverse impacts on the environment the Olympics will have on the host city, an uncontrolled public spending with long-term debt for the Olympic city, the financial stakes of multinationals and unacceptable demands of the IOC. In other words, to host the Olympics Games is quite expensive and involves a lot of funding.

Could a developing economy in Africa afford to host the Olympics Games? Or is it even necessary? Not to mention that majority of Africans hardly follow the Olympic games as they would with FIFA World Cup competitions or African Cup of Nation tournaments?

Dear InformAfrica reader, what is your opinion ‘per se’ an African nation hosting one of the next Olympics Games? comment box below…

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