12 July 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 30

1965, Mali for the 1st All Africa Games held in Brazzaville Congo

The All Africa Games were held from July 18 - July 25th, 1965 40 years after Pierre de Coubertin originally proposed the idea. In 1925, the Games to be held in Algeria never materialized. In 1929, the Games in Egypt were cancelled weeks before they were scheduled to begin by the colonial powers who feared they might "unite Africans" and help them break free from colonial rule.
The IOC granted the Games official recognition as a continental multi-sport event (just as the Asian Games and the Pan American Games) and were to be held the year before the Olympics. The 2nd Games were awarded to Mali in 1969, but these were cancelled due to a military coup. Nigeria stepped up to host in 1971, but were delayed until 1973 due to the Biafran War. The Games were plagued by further setbacks and it wouldn't be until the 5th Games in 1991 that they would be held for the first time on the four year cycle. This year the Games will again be held in Brazzaville, Congo, from September 4 - 19.
Mali won a silver in soccer in 1965 and two golds in unidentified events.

for sporting events

next week, as requested by Bob Scotney, we have a butterflies theme


  1. I never knew that the Africa Games had such a struggle to be held.

  2. What terrible luck with those early games but happily 50 years after your stamp they return to Brazzaville this year. I wonder what this years stamps will look like? I like how the swimmer could be either celebrating victory in the water.

  3. I didn't know there were other continental games comparable to the Pan american games (which are being held now).

  4. I also didn't know about the All Africa Games, or its troubled history.

  5. Such a pity that the All Africa Games were plagued that much...

    I think it a great stamp, beautiful design, and I feel the happiness of swimming when watching this swimmer!