Competition began at the African Beach Games in Sal ©Twitter/salbeachgames

Morocco celebrated karate gold medals as the African Beach Games began at Sal in Cape Verde.

A busy opening day of the Games saw the Opening Ceremony take place, along with the start of sporting action.

The women’s team kata karate final saw Morocco top the podium at Santa Maria Beach Park after they achieved a score of 25.02.

Algeria and Botswana completed the podium places by ending with 24.00 and 22.68, respectively.

Morocco’s Mohammed El Hanni won the men’s individual final by overcoming Algeria’s Ouites Mouad.

Ivory Coast’s Songulda Sanogo and Botswana’s Ofentse Bakwadi clinched bronze medals.

Competition also began in beach handball, rowing and beach tennis.

Around 1,000 athletes are participating in the Games.

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

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

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