Equatorial Guinea has been confirmed as host for the third edition of the African Beach Games on what is the first day of Hammamet 2023.
The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) General Assembly took place in the Tunisian town.
The meeting saw members vote in favour of Equatorial Guinea’s candidacy and as a result the country is due to host the Games in 2027, although exact dates are yet to be confirmed.
Solitary competition in beach volleyball marked day one of the Games in Tunisia following the Opening Ceremony that was led by the nation’s Sports Minister Kamel Deguiche.
“It is a great day for Tunisia to see the whole of Africa gathered under one roof, that of Hammamet, City of Jasmines, symbol of purity and sharing and Torchbearer of the legendary hospitality of the whole of Tunisia, crossroads of civilisations of more than 3,000 years, with imperishable imprints on the sense of welcome and living together of all Tunisians,” said Tunisian Olympic Committee President Mehrez Boussayene.
“We owe it to ANOCA and to our President Mustapha Berraf for the valuable support we have received.
“Together we will win.
“May our General Assembly be a new chance for peace.”
The meeting also saw the presentation of the ANOCA Executive Committee’s activity report, a report from the Ethics Commission, and Olympic Solidarity director James Macleod present plans to develop sport in Africa.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach also delivered a video message to delegates.
“It is always a great pleasure to address the Olympic community in Africa,” he said.
“Africa has an important place on the international sports scene.
“Your General Assembly will be an opportunity to strengthen this place and reaffirm the unity of your community.”
Competition is set to continue tomorrow at the African Beach Games with events in handball, 4×4 volleyball, rowing sprints, karate, and teqball due to take place.
Source: Inside The Games