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Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) president Mustapha Berraf has unveiled a special message ahead of the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Olympic torch, which will be on show to all from July 14, has made its way from Greece to Paris in preparation for the commencement of the Games on July 26, which last until August 11. It will see a total of 10,500 athletes competing across 329 events, with 206 countries being represented.

ANOCA President Berraf is already relishing the opportunity to watch African countries participate in front of the world in a couple of months. The games in the French capital will take place exactly 100 years after Paris hosted the Olympics back in 1924.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, the 70-year-old said: "Africa will inevitably be making its strength and sporting prowess felt at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The countdown is on. With less than 100 days to go, our athletes are ready. Some 630 of them have already qualified, and the qualifiers are still going on.

"We congratulate all the African athletes who have already qualified and encourage all those who are poised to qualify. You are our pride and joy; you are our success in Paris 2024! You inspire all our actions in favour of sport and through the Olympic values that you embody through your behaviour and your performances.

"Before, during and after the Paris 2024 Games, we will continue to concert our efforts with the entire Olympic Movement: The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Federations (IFs), the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and our partners, to provide the necessary resources in order to create more opportunities for African athletes. From the preparations to your participation, through the qualifiers, the Olympic scholarships and the technical support of the officials will enable you to achieve historic feats."

Berraf is looking forward to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. GETTY IMAGES
Berraf is looking forward to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. GETTY IMAGES

Berraf remains optimistic Africa can put on a show for the world during the Olympic Games and get their hands of plenty of gold medals throughout the competition.

"Officials and sponsors play an essential role. With less than 100 days to go before the Games, we need to ensure the success of our athletes without rushing, but with tact and accuracy. The Olympic Games are all about participation and we need everyone to get behind the athletes so that they don’t just reach the finish line but bag medals. Your medals will be precious. Go for gold, because Africa is a continent of gold.

"Let’s all get involved, let’s be vehicles of solidarity, as our continent has always taught us. Solidarity is an African value and our athletes are its standard bearers. Together, we will rise to the challenge of Paris 2024. I would like to thank you all for your commitment and support for the African Olympic and Sports Movement.

"In terms of the vision and geopolitical issues surrounding the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Africa says no to the politicisation of sport. The Olympic Games are the only event that brings the entire world together in peaceful competition.

“The athletes will shine and show us what greatness humans are capable of with all their excellence, determination and resilience."