Morocco previously said the African Games were scheduled for October.
The 12th African Games will take place from August 23 to September 3, 2019, in Morocco. Morocco is succeeding Congo, which hosted the 11th tournament in 2015, said Portail 242 on Tuesday.
The president of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Mustapha Berraf, revealed the dates in December, according to RFI.
Last July, Morocco’s Ministry of Sports and Youth announced that Morocco will host the African Games in October 2019.
After hosting the African Nations Championship, Morocco will celebrate the 12th Annual African Games, following the withdrawal of Equatorial Guinea.
The decision came at the request of the African Union and the National Olympic Committees as they consider Morocco to be a country that meets all the conditions and has the expertise to host a major international sports event, according to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
More than 5,000 athletes will take part in the event. Officials from 54 ANOCA member countries will also be present. The event will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The ANOCA and the Union of African Sports Confederations (UCSA) organize the African Games every four years. The first African Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.