The 2nd All-Africa Games – Lagos 1973 were played from January 7, 1973, to January 18, 1973, in Lagos, Nigeria. After the success of the first African Games, the organizing bodies awarded the second games to Bamako, Mali to be held in 1969. A military coup disrupted the plans and the organizers moved the games to Lagos, Nigeria to be held in 1971. The games were postponed once again and finally opened in January 1973
The men's Association football tournament has been held at every session of the African Games since 1965. Women's competition was added in 2003. Since 1991, age limit for men teams is under-23, same as the age limit in football competitions at the Summer Olympics. Under-23 tournament since 1991. Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games. African Games at CAFonline.
The second All-Africa Games were held in Lagos, Nigeria in January 1973. Ten new events were added, three for the men, 10,000 metres, marathon and hammer throw and seven for the women, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, shot put, discus throw and 4 400 metres relay. Also the women's hurdles were changed from the 80 metre hurdles to the 100 metre hurdles as had happened across the world.
The 2nd All-Africa Games – Lagos 1973 were played from January 7, 1973, to January 18, 1973, in Lagos, Nigeria. The games were postponed once again and finally opened in January 1973. A torch was lit in Brazzaville a week before the games and transported to Lagos as a symbol of the continuity of the games. Security again was very tight at the games. African nations continued to put pressure on South Africa which was not invited to participate due to their apartheid policies. Rhodesia was also not invited. At the closing ceremonies the torch was passed to Algiers, Algeria to begin preparations for the IIIrd All-Africa Games in 1978.
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1973 All-Africa Games. 1999 All-Africa Games. 2003 All-Africa Games. Athletics at the 2003 All-Africa Games. 1973 All-Africa Games. The 2nd All-Africa Games were played from January 7, 1973 to January 18, 1973 in Lagos, Nigeria. Women's field hockey was demoted to a non-medal event after the Nigerian team dropped out of the tournament.