The first ever all-Africa Unity Games commenced with energy, excitement and fanfare at Mombasa’s Aga Khan Academy. The Kenyan and Ismaili flags, along with the Aga Khan Band Mombasa, led a procession of athletes representing 11 teams organised around major city and regional centres of Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nairobi, Zanzibar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and Uganda
The Aga Khan Band Mombasa at the opening of the 2017 Africa Unity Games.-ISMAILI COUNCIL FOR KENYA
The Jamats of all nationalities were welcomed by the President of the Ismaili Council for Kenya, Nawaaz Gulam and the Chairman of the Council’s Mombasa Committee, Aman Kurji. They reminded all those gathered of the spirit of the Unity Games and the unity of our global Jamat.
Representative athletes, referees and regional team coordinators took an oath on behalf of all their teams to abide by the ethics of Islam, which guide the Games.
Acrobats entertained the audience, and the event ended with the symbolic lighting of the Unity Games Torch. The flame had journeyed to the major Jamati centres across the continent, exploring the richness and diversity of the countries we all hail from on this beautiful continent.
Sports also commenced, and athletes played with vigour and passion. We look forward to some great Games ahead!
Source: The Ismaili org
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