By Princess-Ekwi Ajide, Abuja
September 7(Newshour.com.ng) – Nigerian Defence Headquarters says it is ready to host 42 African countries that will participate in the second Edition of African Military Games scheduled for Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Director of Sport, Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Marquiz, who disclosed this at a press conference to announce activities lined up for the Military Games in 2024 also announced the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS Half Marathon Race and the General Assembly of OSMA which will take place in November this year.
The African Military Games, is an avenue for all African Military Athletes to interact with one another so as to enhance the good historical collaborative efforts and working relationships built and enjoyed over the years.
The Director said 27 of the 42 countries expected to participate in the 2nd Edition of African Military Games, Abuja 2024, have already indicated interest to participate in all the sporting activities at the forthcoming games.
According to Marquiz, the first ever African Military Games, a multi-sport event was held in 2002 with the support of the Conseil Internationale du Sport Militaire, CISM, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The theme for the 2nd African Military Games Abuja 2024 is “Enhancing Military Cooperation in Africa Through Sports” and it is scheduled to hold between 6th to 15th November, 2024.
Speaking on the CDS Half Marathon race, Air Vice Marshal Marquiz, said it will cover 21.2 kilometres and the sporting event will take place November 25, 2023, adding that participants must be personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Paramilitary agencies.
The President of the Organisation Military Sport in Africa (OSMA) who doubles as Vice President of CISM, Major General Maikano Abdullahi, in his speech, said the 2nd African Military Games was approved by the CDS Armed Forces of Nigeria after OSMA gave the Games’ hosting right to Nigeria during the 7th OSMA General Assembly in Sierra Leone.
General Abdullahi added that the venue of the event would be MKO Abiola National Stadium and some sporting facilities in the Military Cantonment.
The second edition of the African Military Games, was supposed to be hosted by Tunisia in 2006 but never took place.