Confirmed: Ghana To Host 13th African Games

Confirmed: Ghana To Host 13th African Games

Ghana has been officially confirmed as the host of the 13th African Games after organisers signed an agreement with the African Union (AU). The 13th African Games is scheduled to take place in 2023.

Ghana was awarded the Games in October 2018, but there were a lot of rumours that circulated around that Ghana has been stripped of its hosting rights. But the Minister of Youth and Sports, Honourable Ussif Mustapha cleared all the doubts.

He stated that the Government was committed to putting infrastructure in place for the Games in 2023.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) chair Kwaku Ofosu-Asare has now confirmed a protocol agreement has been signed with the event’s owner, the African Union (AU).

The agreement should end doubts over Ghana’s hosting.

He said preparations had already been ongoing prior to the agreement being signed.

“Without the protocol agreement, it is practically impossible for Ghana to host the Games,” disclosed Ofosu-Asare.

“We had to go back and forth to get it signed.

“We are happy it has finally been endorsed for us to go ahead with the plans to host the Games.

“Though work has started already, the door is now open for the greater works to commence as Ghana is set to make a mark with hosting the African Games.”

Ofosu -Asare said a creative identity manual has been approved by the AU alongside the protocol.

This will lead to organisers unveiling the Games logo, mascot, and branding.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo will reportedly participate in the launch of the mascot and logo.

Akufo-Addo had shown his support for the event in September by launching the construction of a $145 million (£105 million/€122 million) sports complex being built for the event.

The main feature of the complex at Borteyman in the Greater Accra Region will be a 1,000-capacity aquatics centre, featuring a 10-lane competition pool and eight-lane warm-up pool.

A tennis centre with five courts, including a 1,000-capacity centre court, a six-lane warm-up athletics track, and a FIFA-standard football training field are also due to be included as part of the new complex.

The African Games is set to be held in three main cities across Ghana.

Events are due to be held in the capital city Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, and Cape Coast in the Central Region.

Ghana will host the Games for the first time, with the multi-sport event now in its 13th edition. The last edition of the African Games was held in Morocco in North Africa in 2019.

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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