Uganda, Mauritius, Nigeria, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Madagascar, Tanzania, Algeria, Gabon and Niger republic are the few African countries that have arrived in Normandy, France for the 19th International School Sports Federation (ISF) Gymnasiade 2022.
The Ugandan delegation, led by the minister of state for sports, Hon. Denis Samson Obua, landed with a team of 40 athletes to compete in five sports including: Swimming, Badminton, Basketball (3X3), Table Tennis and Athletics.
Olympian Kirabo Namutebi, a member of Uganda’s team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, will lead an 8-person Ugandan swimming team, while ISF World School Cross Country Championship 2022 gold medalist, Loice Chepkwemoi of Chemwania High School, will be leading the Athletics team.
Algeria will be represented by 60 athletes competing in seven sports, including: Athletics, Boxing, Para Athletics, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Judo.
Morocco are represented by 57 athletes competing in seven sports, including: Badminton, Boxing, Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Judo and Taekwondo.
Mauritius will be represented by 23 athletes competing only in the Rugby Sevens.
Senegal are represented by eight athletes competing in Athletics and Swimming.
Madagascar will be represented by three athletes competing in Badminton and Judo.
Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania are only here to compete in Athletics and will be represented by ten, six and three athletes respectively.
Countdown to Paris 2024
Two years before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Normandy is hosting the 19th edition of the ISF Gymnasiade — an international competition for 15-18 year olds — in multiple cities across the region.
More than 3,000 participants from 80 international delegations, spread over 17 disciplines (3 parasports), are in Normandy for this global sporting and cultural mega-event.
In Rouen, four disciplines are scheduled, between Monday May 16 and Friday May 20, 2022. This include: Rugby 7s, at the Jean-Mermoz stadium; rhythmic gymnastics and artistic gymnastics at Kindarena; fencing at the Halle Saint-Exupéry.