General Yakubu Gowon, Nigerian head of state, officially closed the second All-African Games in Lagos on Thursday (18 January)...
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SV Ghana athletes march past
SV Kenyan athletes march past
SV Nigerian athletes past
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SV Gowon speaks on field.
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General Gowon closed the games with a brief speech, a transcript of which follows:
GOWON: "Now we have come to the end of the second All-Africa Games. I have no doubt I speak the minds of all participants and spectators of the Africa Games when I say that this unique occasion has generated in us a great satisfaction and visions of a great future for Africa, not only in the field of sports but in all other fields of African endeavour to establish its identity and personality."
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Background: General Yakubu Gowon, Nigerian head of state, officially closed the second All-African Games in Lagos on Thursday (18 January)...calling them an undeniable success and a vision for the future of Africa.
About 30,000 spectators and the 3,000 athletes who took part, smashing dozens of records during 12 days of competition, watched the five-hour closing programme of bands, fireworks and speeches.
Egypt claimed the most medals of the games--25 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze--but Nigeria, the host nation came second and took the final event with a 2 - 0 soccer win over Guinea on Wednesday. Nigeria got 18 gold, 25 silver and 20 bronze medals.
SYNOPSIS: Lagos...and General Yakubu Gowon, Nigerian head of state, escorts his guest President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta to the stands for the closing of the second All-African Games on Thursday.
A crowd of about 30,000 in the National Stadium watched as the Egyptian team, overall winner of the games with 25 gold medals, marched past the royal stand.
The march past of the 3,000 competing athletes included Ghana's team, the fourth place winners with a total of seven gold medals.
The third placed Kenyan team won nine gold medals, including Ben Jipcho's for the 300 metre steeplechase, when he equalled world record time.
The team of Nigeria, the host country, gave Egypt a close competition for overall honours, coming only seven gold medals behind. General Gowon reflected Nigeria's commitment to the games by announcing a 50 thousand pounds grant to the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, before formally closing the 12 day meet: