Central African Games

The Central African Games was an international multi-sport event for countries within Central Africa. It was held on three occasions: in 1976 in Libreville, Gabon, in 1981 in Luanda, Angola, and finally in 1987 in Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo.[1][2]

A "Central African Cup" competition had been organised in Brazzaville in 1972, featuring a number of sporting events, and this proved to be a precursor to the Central African Games, which was first held four years later. The first Games were designed as a buildup to the 1976 Summer Olympics,[3] but this proved to be the year's highlight for many of the athletes as many African countries boycotted the Olympics in protest of New Zealand's sporting links with Apartheid-era South Africa.[4]

Events at the final edition of the Games in 1987 acted as qualifiers for the 1987 All-Africa Games in some cases.[3]


Year Edition Dates Host city Nations Athletes Sports
1976 I 30 June – 10 July Gabon Libreville, Gabon 11 ? 8
1981 II 20 August – 2 September Angola Luanda, Angola ? ? 8
1987 III 18–30 April Republic of the Congo Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo 11 ? 5



See also


  1. Central African Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-02-21.
  2. Stokkermans, Karel (2003-12-12). Central African Games. RSSSF. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  3. 1 2 Bell, Daniel (2003). Encyclopedia of International Games (Pg. 91). McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN 0-7864-1026-4.
  4. 1976: African countries boycott Olympics. BBC (1976-07-17). Retrieved on 2010-05-03.
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