• Short Summary

    As hundreds of African athletes move into Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, it is apparent that the number of sportsmen taking part in the All-Africa games will be well below the original entry of five thousand.

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    As hundreds of African athletes move into Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, it is apparent that the number of sportsmen taking part in the All-Africa games will be well below the original entry of five thousand.

    On Friday, (January 5) roughly half of the expected thirty-nine teams were in Lagos. Arrivals on Friday included teams form the Congo's Peoples Republic, Nigeria, Morocco, Niger, Cameroun, Algeria, the Malagasy Republic and Kenya.

    Nigeria is spending close to 15 million pounds sterling (U.S. $ 36 million to stage the event, the second All-Africa games. A massive stadium complex in the Lagos city suburbs was built in eighteen months to be ready just in time for the start of the games on sunday, January 7.

    Dozens of athletes known throughout the world are competing. They include Uganda's gold medallist, John Akii-Bua and Kenya's Kipchoge Keino winner of the Olympic Gold for the 3,000 metre steeplechase at Munich last year.

    The Egyptian teams, which topped the medal winners at the last All-Africa Games, is confident of repeating the win. They will face stiff competition from the Algerians, Senegalese and the Nigerians, who are fielding large teams.

    SYNOPSIS: Two days before the opening of the second All-Africa games in Nigeria, hundreds of athletes were still arriving in Lagos. As well as ninety-five athletes, the Congo People's Republic sent a cultural group of nearly one hundred traditional dancers to take part in the opening ceremony.

    With roughly half the expected teams in Lagos on Friday, it appears that the number of athletes taking part would be well below the five thousand originally enters. As well as the games in Lagos, the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa met there and discussed the scheduled South Africa cricket tour of New Zealand. The Council reaffirmed its opposition to apartheid. As the athletes arrived, security measures in Lagos were tightened. Troops have been flown into the city and cars searched. There has been no explanation for the stringent measures.

    One of the biggest teams taking part is the one-hundred and thirty-two man contingent from Algeria. The squad included top sports officials who will study the Nigerian staging of the event. Algeria hosts the next All-Africa games in 1978.

    Another of the larger teams... one hundred and sixteen athletes from the Malagasy Republic. They include a twelve year old swimmer, Raharison Foelle.

    Carrying his country's flag, Kenya's Kipchoge Keino, winner of the Olympic gold for the three-thousand metres steeplechase at Munich last year.

    The athletes will compete in a six million pounds sterling complex. Most teams had little time for practice at Lagos.

    Uganda's team had a few days for training but half the athletes had not arrived two days before the opening.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1MA89D6F9D0GPOFKSYPYFBM9G
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MA89D6F9D0GPOFKSYPYFBM9G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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