The first Algerian National Games opened at the Olympic stadium in Algiers last weekend (19 June), preceded by a colourful parade by three thousand young athletes.
SV Women athletes parading with waving plumes
SV Cheering crowd
SVs Other women athletes parading with plumes (2 shots)
SV PAN Band playing
GV Women athletes marking time
GV Men and women athletes in mass march
GV Athletes displaying flag and marching
TV PAN Crowd
SV Athletes raising flag
GV Massed athletes in parade
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Background: The first Algerian National Games opened at the Olympic stadium in Algiers last weekend (19 June), preceded by a colourful parade by three thousand young athletes.
SYNOPSIS: The date also coincided with the 11th anniversary of Houari Boumedianne's accession to the Presidency, and 80,000 people turned out to take part in the celebrations and watch the games.
The games were the start of preparations for the African Games to be held in Algiers in 1978. This week also saw the start of the first Central African Games in Libreville, Gabon, where athletes from eight central and west African nations were competing.
Next month Algeria will send competitors to the Olympic Games in Montreal to take part in athletics, boxing and weight-lifting. In the past Algerian athletes have not been outstanding in international sport but with increasing support being given to youth and recreation it is hoped that the future will produce more sportsmen of world class.
On the 27th of June the Algerian National Charter will be voted on in a referendum. If a majority votes inn favour of the document it will mean more attention and money will be given to training of young people in various fields, including sport. The Algerian Olympic Committee has already made contingency plans and is waiting for permission to put them into practice. With 60 per cent of Algeria's population now under the age of 20 the plans could do much to ensure that the international sports scene will see much more of Algerian sportsmen in years to come.