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The All-African Games were designed by the founder of the modern Olympics in the 1920s, but it would be in 1965 before the first games took place. The first games took place in the Congo and more than 2,500 athletes from 30 countries participated. UAE collected the most medals at home in those opening matches in Brazzaville.

The second round of the Games was canceled due to a military coup in the country where it was to take place. The following games took place in 1973 in Lagos. After a few false starts before the 1987 African Games, the Games have taken place every four years to this day. The 2011 Games will be held in September, in Maputo, Mozambique.

Since the first matches, Egypt has won the highest medals on its territory four times. South Africa has twice won honors. In all, Egypt won 1,079 medals at the Games. Nigeria, South Africa, Algeria and Tunisia rounded out the rest of the top five medalists. Guinea-Bissau, which won a bronze medal in 1999, has the fewest medals awarded.

32 sports were played in the games. This year 26 games are planned including football, squash, swimming, badminton, basketball, hockey and boxing. The rowing is scheduled to take place at the Mindolo dam.

This year Nigeria qualified for the matches after defeating Ghana in football. Egypt and Madagascar were also classified, and Mozambique was automatically classified as a host country. The football finals, arguably the most popular sport in games, are still going on.

The Games facilities have been under construction for more than three years since Mozambique was honored to host the All-African Games. Portugal donated $ 150 million to build the gambling village. The stadium will have a capacity for 42,000 people and is the largest sports stadium built in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe’s Young Warriors are playing with their late coach Fabish after a loss against cancer in 2008 and their previous losses at the African Games. They are said to play as a family and appear to be as strong as the 1991 previous team.

A notable feature of the Pan-African Games is that they also feature Paralympic athletes. Anita Fodgor won medals in wheelchair racing in 2007. Like many African athletes, she contracted polio.

The qualifiers for Grand Chess 2011 are Olamide Ajibo and Nseseong Basi from Lagos. Chess may seem like an unlikely addition to the sporting event, but enthusiastic fans are eager to see how African competition will rise to the world stage.

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