Why competition was renamed ‘African Games'

The change of name had been made since 2012 but there was no official push to enforce the use of the new name until recently

 

The All Africa Games is not to be known as ‘the African Games’ following an announcement by the Executive Council for the African Union (AU).

The change of name had been made since 2012 but there was no official push to enforce the use of the new name until recently.

According to Olabanji Oladapo, the Executive Secretary of Africa Table Tennis Federation the decision was made during the Executive Council meeting of AU held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2012.

“The AU executive council meeting endorsed the recommendation of the 4th Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Sports (CAMS) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 17 to October 21 2011," Oladapo said.

“On the establishment of a new Architecture for Africa Games led to the dissolution of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA).

“The decision, inter alia fractured the function, assets and liabilities of the SCSA to the AU Commission including the ownership of the African Games.

“The decision vested the ownership of the African Games to the AU, while entrusting the management and organisation of the Games to Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC)."

The African Union also announced that the governing body of the event, the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, which has organized the All African Games since 1965, has been dissolved.

In its place, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria will oversee the organization and execution of the African Games.

Lassana Palenfo of Ivory Coast is the current head of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

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