1,025 athletes are representing Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio out of a total 10,500 expected for the event, representing 1/10th of the total number of participating athletes. All 54 NOCs of the Continent, amongst them the youngest, South Sudan, are represented. The biggest delegations are: South Africa (143 athletes), Egypt (123), Kenya (79), Nigeria (78), Algeria (68) and Tunisia (61).
Pertaining to sports disciplines, African athletes will feature in all except field hockey, trampoline and water polo. Athletics tops the charts, with each African country represented by at least one athlete, followed by swimming with 39 African countries in the starting blocks. They are trailed by judo (32 ), boxing (17), taekwondo (12 ) and weightlifting (11 ).
The Chairman of the ANOCA Athletes’ Commission, Amadou Dia Ba’a attended the three-day Forum with other Africans, including Enee Udong (ANOCA), Kirsty Coventry and Aya Medani (IOC), Kady Kanouté (WADA) and Nadia Cruz (World Olympians Association).
NOC Tunisia (CNOT) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this November 2017 with one week of intense activities dubbed “sixtieth anniversary week.”