Upon his arrival at the Moulay Abdallah Stadium, His Royal Highness reviewed a detachment of the auxiliary forces that paid the honors and was greeted by Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and several personalities from the world of sports.
Afterwards, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid headed for the VIP lounge, while the African Union, the Olympic and the national anthems were playing.
Then, His Royal Highness declared the 12th edition of the African Games opened.
At the end of the ceremony, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) awarded the Olympic African Order of Merit to HM King Mohammed VI, in recognition of his efforts to promote sports.
The distinction was handed to HRH Prince Moulay Rachid by ANOCA President, Mustapha Berraf.
Held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, the 12th edition of the African Games is held in the cities of Rabat, Salé, Temara, Casablanca, Benslimane and El Jadida.
More than 6,500 athletes take part in the event that runs through August 31.