1987 All-Africa Games
|IV All-Africa Games|
|Host city||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Opening ceremony||1 August 1987|
|Closing ceremony||12 August 1987|
|Officially opened by||Daniel arap Moi|
|Main venue||Kasarani Stadium|
From the beginning the intent had been to hold the African Games every four years. Economic difficulties and general civil unrest had never allowed this to happen. The fourth Games were no exception. Originally scheduled for 1982, a weak Kenyan economy slowed preparations. The Chinese helped provide the necessary funds and manpower to begin building Kasarani Stadium, but too late to hold the games on schedule. It was suggested at one time that Tunis, Tunisia arrange the fourth games in 1982 and Nairobi take its turn in the fifth games in 1986. This proposal was voted down, but the Nairobi games dates were pushed back to 1986. This was still not enough time for the Kenyans to ready themselves and the games finally opened in August 1987. The Games have kept to the four-year schedule since this edition.
A torch was relayed from Nairobi to the Kenyan coast, the Kenyan highlands and back to Nairobi where World Champion John Ngugi carried it into the stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 80,000.
Organizational difficulties with housing and facilities, typical in events such as these, were evident in the Nairobi games as well, but in the end the games concluded without undue calamity.
Egypt won the soccer final from host Kenya on the final day, and finished at the top of the medals table once again.
|1987 All-Africa Games medal count|
Three athletes, two female and one male, won more than one event:
- Selina Chirchir, Kenya (800 metres and 1500 metres)
- Maria Usifo, Nigeria (100 m hurdles and 400 m hurdles)
- Adewale Olukoju, Nigeria (shot put and discus throw)
In addition, Nigeria won all four relay races; 4x100 metres and 4x400 metres for men and for women.
Field hockey was part of the games for the first time. The venue was City Park Hockey Stadium.
The football tournament was won by Egypt. It was the first Games in which the host country did not win, although the host Kenya finished second. Malawi won their first All-Africa medal.
Coach: Reinhard Fabisch
Coach: Reuben Malola
The taekwondo competition took place at Desai Memorial Hall between August 1 and August 4, 1987. The men's winners were: