Delegates to the 34th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs in Sal, Cape Verde, also used the opportunity, on 14 October, to tour one of the competition venues of the 2019 Africa Beach Games. They were warmly welcomed by some one thousand enthusiastic youths on one of beaches of Sal Island, which left President Palenfo quite impressed: “This popular enthusiasm is one of the conditions for the success of Games.” President Palenfo further extended his “hearty thanks to the authorities of Cape Verde who made this a top priority of the State in their development plan for the future, and in which sport has pride of place…I think we are well on course to make a home run at this first try, given the general mobilisation we have noticed, and which has rallied public authorities, the Olympic Committee, the sports movement and the entire nation around one goal,” he insisted.
One of the Vice Presidents of ANOCA, Jao Afonso Da Costa Alegre Manuel, who was part of the delegation, observed that “the beaches of Sal are already a significant asset for the success of the Games. To this can be added enabling accommodation conditions with the promise of a high standard Olympic Village.”
Founded by ANOCA on 12 April 2015, the Africa Beach Games will celebrate several sport disciplines and others practised on sandy beaches in a single city. After taking cognisance of Cape Verde’s remarkable bid, ANOCA decided to entrust the organisation of the maiden edition to the country.
The foundation stone for the construction of the Olympafrica Centre in Santa Cruz, Cape Verde, was laid on 17 October 2017.
A strategic meeting was held on the sidelines of the 34th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs in Sal, and brought together ANOCA members and administrators of NOC Cape Verde.