Morocco tops all at 9th La Francophonie Games

In an unprecedented achievement, Morocco topped the rankings for the first time at the 9th Jeux de la Francophonie in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital, Kinshasha. 

This saw Morocco amass a total of 58 medals, firmly positioning them at the pinnacle of this esteemed sporting and cultural event.

The climax of the competition, which spanned from July 28 to August 6, 2023, witnessed a remarkable feat from Morocco. The nation made a splash, amassing an astounding tally of 23 gold, 16 silver, and 19 bronze medals. This extraordinary achievement put a sensational full stop to their involvement in the games, leaving an indelible mark on the event.

Morocco set a new record in the history of its participation at the Jeux de la Francophonie, bagging an unparalleled number of medals. The breakdown includes 42 medals in athletics, 8 in judo, 5 in road cycling, 2 in wrestling, and one in ball juggling. This milestone surpasses their previous record set in Côte d’Ivoire in 2017, where they won a total of 42 medals. 

Another noteworthy aspect of Morocco’s participation was the significant contribution of female athletes. They won 34 out of the total 58 medals, 18 of which were gold. This underscores the integral role women play in Morocco’s sporting arena. 

Morocco, a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, hosted the inaugural Jeux de la Francophonie in Casablanca in 1989. They finished third, bringing home 21 medals. 

The 9th Jeux de la Francophonie concluded on Sunday, hosting approximately 2,500 young participants aged between 18 and 35. These young talents represented 88 countries, including Morocco, showcasing their skills in various sporting disciplines and cultural activities. 

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