The Ivorian beautiful city of Abidjan will be concluding this edition of La Francophonie games, a competition which was created in 1989. The Francophone Games takes place every four years, bringing Competitors and performers between the ages of 18 to 35 from French speaking nations compete and display their talent with more than 3,000 participants in the areas of art, culture and sport I one of the biggest sporting an cultural jamboree in the world.
This year’s edition has seen the meteoric rise of team Cameroon at the games. With proper planning, adequate training, impressive logistics and government support in lesser known sports in the country, the participating athletes have made the country proud.
Cameroon is officially ranked 6th on the overall table with 5 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze, its best position it has ever achieved since the history of the games. Cameroons 6th position in the ranking means the country is the 2nd best in Francophone Africa after Morocco while France, Canada, Romania, and Quebec are the only other five ahead of the country in this year’s games.
Coming just 5 months after the country dominated the continent to be crown Africa’s football champion, it’s evident that while Cameroon is losing in the sporting board rooms with the ousting of leaders likeIssa Hayatou, the sporting nation is winning and winning really big on the pitch.
The Abidjan exploits also tells us that the country needs to invest more in other sporting disciplines like they do with football. Cameroon’s gold medals were won in athletics, wrestling and sports for the disabled. Essome Tiako grabbed the first gold medal for Cameroon in wrestling in the 58kg category and four of the seven bronze medals were won in wrestling. Gertrude Yondo won bronze in the 63kg, Bert Etane Ngolle 86kg, Marcel Diboma 97kg and Cedrick Nyamsi. In Judo Dieudonné Etoga -66kg won bronze, Arrey Sophina -63kg and Bell Frank -81kg equally won bronze..
As the games comes to its conclusion this 30th July 2017 in ivory Coast, officials must be smiling alongside the athletes and other 23 million Cameroonians for a job well done and work must now begin for other major international competitions in the months and years ahead to continuously put the country at the top of the world stage, a spot they only well deserve to be therein