The first edition of the African Beach Games will begin in Sal in Cape Verde tomorrow ©Sal 2019

The first edition of the African Beach Games will begin in Sal in Cape Verde tomorrow with around 1,000 athletes due to take part.

Forty-two countries will be represented across 10 days of competition, running until June 23.

Eleven sports are on the programme in all - athletics, basketball 3x3, beach handball, beach soccer, beach tennis, beach volleyball, coastal rowing, freestyle football, karate kata, kiteboarding and open water swimming.

The action will take place on Santa Maria Beach with an Opening Ceremony kick-starting proceedings tomorrow.

Day one will also include the first medals awarded in karate kata as well as competition in beach handball, beach tennis and coastal rowing.

Live coverage will be provided by the Olympic Channel with the Games also serving as a qualifier for the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games this year.

These were supposed to take place in San Diego in October but a new location is now being sought after the American city failed to raise the necessary money to fund the event.

Hosts Cape Verde will compete in all 11 sports on the eastern island in the archipelago nation.

Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia will field the largest teams while the beach volleyball tournament will be the first event in the sport where Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification points are available.

Both men and women will compete in nine of the sports.

"Except for kiteboarding and freestyle football, where we shall have only men's teams, we shall see men and women competitors across all the rest," said Sal 2019 chief executive Yann Craven.

"In beach soccer where we haven't seen African women play it competitively, we shall have four teams alongside the ten male teams. 

"Also in beach handball which is relatively new in Africa, we shall have about six women's teams."

A demonstration of teqball will also take place at the Games featuring Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho. 

"Sal 2019 will provide the environment of a multi-sport [event] and give them [the athletes] the familiarisation and experience of competing at top events as they look to compete at the World Games and the Olympics," Craven added.