The Opening Ceremony of the third African Youth Games took place at the July 5 stadium in Algiers ©YouTube

The third edition of the African Youth Games got underway today with an Opening Ceremony held in Algiers.

The Ceremony took place in the July 5 stadium in Algeria’s capital city.

The 80,000 capacity stadium is named after the day Algeria declared independence from France in 1962.

Each of the competing countries at the Games participated in a Parade of Nations at the stadium.

A message from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was played at the Ceremony.

The German encourage athletes to show fair play and referenced that qualification in some sports was available for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. 

Spectators were able to attend the for free.

Countries participated in a Parade of Nations at the ceremony ©YouTube
Countries participated in a Parade of Nations at the ceremony ©YouTube

Sporting action was due to begin yesterday with football competition getting underway, but the late arrival of teams forced organisers to reschedule.

A total of 30 sports feature on the programme for the Games, due to take place until July 28.

Athletics, archery, badminton, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey and judo are among the sports.

The programme is completed by karate, rowing, rugby, swimming, sailing, boules, tennis, table tennis, shooting, triathlon, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu and weightlifting.

Six sports will offer Youth Olympic Games qualification, with places at Buenos Aires 2018 up for grabs in athletics, archery beach volleyball, hockey, rowing and rugby.

Archery, badminton, football, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rugby, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and weightlifting will all have action tomorrow.