How Ghana Was Elected To Host The 13th Edition of All Africa Games
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It was all joy when Ghana got the bid to host the All African Games 2023. It is the first time a country like Ghana is hosting this type of event. Our leaders deserve applauds for bringing one of the whole continent’s biggest and respectable event to our dear nation, Ghana. There were about 2 additional countries who bid to host the game were Nigeria and Burkina Faso but Ghana was elected ahead of these 2 countries. How Ghana Was Elected To Host The 13th Edition of All Africa Games.
From the time we got our independence Ghana has become a power house in many sporting events in the world. Although we have the intellectuals, academics, businessmen and businesswomen, managers and the politicians who are also legends through their fields. But there have been lot legends that they got those names through sports.
Ghana organizes numerous sporting activities in the country every year. Although, there are lot of disciplines when it comes to competitions. Today I would like to talk about athletics. Athletics is among one of the fastest sports disciplines which is growing at much faster rate in the world.
The term athlete, origin forms 2 Greek words Athlos and Athlon which means contest and prize. These 2 Greek words later bounded together to make the word. As origin was told, the meaning of Athlete is “One who competes for a prize”
Athletic contest in running, walking, jumping, and throwing are among the oldest of all sports and their roots are prehistoric. Athletics events were depicted in the Ancient Egyptian tombs in Saqqara, with illustrations of running at the Heb Sed Festival and high jumping appearing in tombs from as early as of 2250 BC.
All African Games began as a measure to promote unity and solidarity among African nations and now have developed into cultural celebrations whose influence is being felt throughout Africa and the world. How Ghana Was Elected To Host The 13th Edition of All Africa Games.
The 1st All Africa Games were held in Brazzaville, Congo. This multi-sport event begun from July 18, 1965 to July 25, 1965.
The 2nd All Africa Games were held in 1973 in Lagos, Nigeria. The number of countries who participated rose from 29 – 35.
The 3rd Africa Games were held in Algiers the capital city of Morocco in 1978. Unfortunately the games were not held again until 1987, and thereafter they were quadrennial till date.
- Republic of the Congo hosted the All African Games in September 2015. This was also the 50th anniversary of the first edition of the games. The game was hosted in the capital, Brazzaville.
- The 12th African Games toke place August 23rd until September 3rd, 2019, in Rabat the capital city of Morocco. They were originally awarded to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Unfortunately it was taken off them due to economic problems and passed to Lusaka, Zambia and later finishing with Morocco.
- The 13th African Games will be held in Ghana in the year 2023. This is the second time in the history that the games will be decentralized in a process that started in the previous edition held in Morocco. Three cities in the country were chosen for these events Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast. Meanwhile Ghana is building a new Olympic Standard Stadium which a capacity of 50,000 people. The new built stadium will become the main venue of the event. The main host city is Accra and the Olympic Standard Stadium is built in Borteyman, Accra.
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Although Ghana ranks 11th on the medal table. We hope and believe that the 2023 All Africa Games will help Ghana move more higher on the table list.
Now a lot of facilities are being built which shows our preparedness.
So now how are we preparing our athletes?
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