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    The third All-African games began on Thursday (13 July) in Algiers with teams representing 45 countries gathering in the city's Olympic Stadium.

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    The third All-African games began on Thursday (13 July) in Algiers with teams representing 45 countries gathering in the city's Olympic Stadium.

    SYNOPSIS: The host Algerian team marches into the 70,000 capacity stadium at the start of the two week-long games. Only four African states are not participating and the Algerians, with their President Houari Boumedienne, have welcomed athletes who, in many cases, will travel on to Edmonton, Canada, for next month's Commonwealth games. And, as a gesture to the large number of anglophobe nations represented, on Thursday (13 July) Algeria's main French-language daily, 'El Moujahid', appeared with its front page in English. The paper's first English section in its 14-year history included a special report on the opening ceremony.

    As this year's competition got underway, there were already problems over which country would be prepared to stage the fourth All-African games in 1982. Expense is the major problem. Both the Congo and Nigeria suffered considerable losses when holding the first and second games. The Algerians have invested heavily in this year's games which will include a full range of track and field, swimming, and team and individual events.

    Egypt has sent one the strongest teams, 240, and has favourites to win in several events. Officials say the women form the largest contingent Egypt has ever sent to either Olympic or regional competitions.

    Soccer was the first sport on the games' programme and the match between Algeria and Egypt ended in a one-all draw after a dull contest, in which the only goals were scored in the first half. Egypt went one ahead in the 12th minute, but Algeria equalized only six minutes later.

    Algerian Rabah Assad takes the penalty, to give his side the equalizer.

    With the match now tied, there was little action, though after some rough play, the referee showed the yellow card to three Algerian players. Football is Algeria's main sport. The team would like to do something comparable with 1975, when they defeated France in the Mediterranean games to give Algeria its most cherished medal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7PVPLKDBM2VYP2044LAU3UEQK
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PVPLKDBM2VYP2044LAU3UEQK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
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    N/A

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