Fanfare missing from All-Africa Games

By Fred Katerere in Maputo
Posted on Friday, 21 October 2011 13:01

Many of the big names in African sport were missing from the All-Africa Games when they began in Maputo on 3 September.

The overlap with the World Athletics Championships in Korea was one reason, but analysts have suggested some athletes snubbed the games for reasons of prize money and inadequate facilities.

Prominent among the absentees were South Africa’s Caster Semenya

The Malawian delegation made it as far as the stadium but were denied the right to compete because the required fees had not been paid.

Prominent among the absentees were South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who lost her world 800m title in Daegu, and many of the Kenyan runners who had scooped medals the previous week.

Oscar Pistorious, the South African ‘blade runner’, took part.

A Libyan delegation competed, with the exception of its football team, but had its TNC flag confiscated a few hours before the opening as Mozambique has not recognised the rebels.

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