The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 12th African Games will take place in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco from Aug. 19 to Aug. 31.
Nigeria male football team is in Group A alongside host, Morocco, Burkina Faso, and South Africa, while Group B consists of Burundi, Ghana, Mali and Senegal.
The Public Relations Officer of NOC, Phemmy Adetula, told the Nigeria News Agency that solid logistics arrangement had been made for the athletes.
He said that the three-man advance team had left Nigeria for the Morocco on Aug. 9, while the Judo team of eight athletes left the country arrived in Morocco on Tuesday aboard a commercial flight.
“The male football team and Beach volleyball team comprising 31 athletes and officials will depart today aboard commercial flight, while the female football team of 26 will depart for Morocco on Aug. 15.
“Also, the badminton, basketball, boxing, canoe-kayak, handball, karate, rowing, swimming, table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis and volleyball of 320 contingent will depart on Aug. 16 through a chartered flight.
“The last batch which includes: 167 athletes and officials in athletics, cycling, chess, gymnastic, shooting weightlifting and wrestling will travel aboard a chartered flight to Morocco on Aug. 21,’’ he said.
Adetula said that the athletes would be handed over to the NOC in Abuja for further briefing on their conduct.
“Athletes will be handed over to NOC on Wednesday in Abuja and the NOC through the Sports Medicine and Scientific Committee.
“The team has sprung into action by publishing a booklet “Medical and Scientific Commission Tips for Optimal Athletic Performance.’
“The booklet will be shared among federations and athletes to assist them in understanding standard attainable for doping control.
“Nigeria will be participating in 22 sports at the Games,’’ he said.
NAN reports that four zones are expected to host the African Games events, including Rabat, Casablanca, El Jadida and Khemisset.
The opening and closing ceremonies will take place at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.
The Rabat zone will host athletics, volleyball, basketball, football, weightlifting, boxing, gymnastics, triathlon, table tennis, shooting, equestrian, archery, fencing and tennis.
The Casablanca zone will host swimming, handball, karate, taekwondo and badminton. The El Jadida zone will host wrestling, while the Khemisset zone will host rowing and canoe-kayak.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)
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