Africa – Sports & Women!


Did you know that on May 20, 1990, Algerian sportswoman Yasmina Azizi set a new African record of 6,056 points in the women’s seventh? Along with Hassiba Boumerka, Reda Abdennouz and Noureddine Morsli, she was one of the most famous athletes in the North African country, a former French colony until 1962.

Ivory Coast

In 1988, the women’s handball team, under the tutelage of coach Toko Bleu, won the right to compete in the Olympic Handball Championship in the Republic of Korea. The members of this team were Zmou Awa, Jonah Aire, Elizabeth Kovasi, Wando Guihi, Hortense Konan, Emily Goman, Alimata Domba, Julian Fudongbo, Doumbia Bah, Adjua Naderi, Clementina Bell and Muhula Karamo. Although the African champion faced a difficult event, he lost all five matches: Norway (34-14), the Soviet Union (32-11), China (37-12), At Czechoslovakia (34-12) and the United States (27-16)) . The African continent has been competing in the Olympic event since 1980 when the People’s Republic of Congo sent handball players to the Soviet Union, host of the XXII Summer Games. On the other hand, in the 1990s, the Ivory Coast women’s handball team participated in three world events: 1995 (18), 1997 (14), 1999 (20).


Did you know that Gambia, a peaceful West African country, sent three athletes to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California (USA)? This English-speaking country debuted at the Los Angeles Olympics.


Did you know that on April 13, 1974, in Maputo, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau sprinter Benta Sani set a new national record of 13.4 seconds in the women’s 100 meters?


Did you know that the Madagascar women’s basketball team qualified for the Basketball World Cup in Brazil in the early 1970s? In South America, Madagascar, the African winner, lost 120-39 against Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).


Did you know that the Nigerian national team placed 11th at the Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament in Athens, Greece in 2004? During the tournament, Nigeria defeated South Korea 68-64.


Did you know In 1988, the nation’s sprinter Marcian Mukamorenzi, the most respected athlete (both male and female) in Rwanda in the 1980s, set a new national record of 32: 19.11 in the women’s 10,000 meters. Miss Mucamorense lived in Bordeaux, France.

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