President Akufo Addo cuts sod for the commencement of Sports Infrastructures at Borteyman for African Games 2023

President Akufo Addo cuts sod for the commencement of Sports Infrastructures at Borteyman for African Games 2023

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, cut the sod for work to begin at the proposed site at Borteyman on sporting facilities for the 13th edition of the African Games scheduled for 2023 in Ghana, West Africa. President Akufo Addo cuts sod for the commencement of Sports Infrastructures at Borteyman for African Games 2023.

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo performed the ceremony at Borteyman in Nungua near Accra for the construction of sports facilities to host the 2023 African Games.

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“The facility will host 24 sporting disciplines for the African Games. It will have multi-purpose sports halls for all indoor sports, 1,000 seaters aquatic centre for swimming, 1,000 seater basketball and tennis courts.”

Nana Akufo Addo said “it is historic as Ghana was at the first Games in Brazzaville in Congo in 1965, and now prepares to host for the first time in 2023, which is a landmark.

He recalled how Ghana won the bid in 2018 and how efforts in preparations have been made by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Cabinet and Parliament.

He said the $145million facilities project would be turned into a University of Sports Development to turn out more sportspeople, and also used for future tournaments.

He also encouraged all Ghanaians to unite and support the national project.”

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We all know how the coronavirus (covid-19) has caused a lot of damage in our sports. The just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games also faced a lot of backlash from the fans but measures were put in place and there was a very successful event at the end in Japan. Ghana will be emulating the same procedures in coming 2023. The Africa Games is the biggest sporting event in Africa and it will serve as the qualification standard for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in France.

Minister of Youth & Sports, Hon Mustapha Ussif said “due to time constraints and covid 19 interference, the Local Organinsing Committee (LOC) has decided a hybrid system to fix and renovate the University of Ghana, Legon Sports Complex and build other complementary facilities at Borteyman.

He added the 24 sports disciplines would be contested by 5,000 athletes from 55 countries.”

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Some other dignitaries and officials present were at the ceremony were Nii Afote Agbo who performed the welcome address, the chairman Dr. Kwaku Ofosu Asare and members of the LOC, MPs, sports federation heads, the GOC President, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, Azumah Nelson, Stephen Appiah, Ohene Karikari, Mike Ahey 2020 Tokyo Bronze Medalist Samuel Takyi, former national athletes, Africa Bronze Medalist Grace Obour and others as well as the media houses.

 

SUMMARY OF THE SPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE AT BORTEYMAN

  • 400-metre 6-Lane Athletics Warm-Up Track with playing field for football; Washrooms

for male and female; Spectator stands for 500 people.

  • One Thousand-Seater Competition Swimming Pool, collapsible to Five Hundred (500)

Seater. 8-lane Competition Swimming.

  • 8-Lane Warm-up Swimming Pool.
  • Five Hundred-Seater (500) Temporary Dome (Handball, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, etc).
  • One Thousand-Seater (1,000) Multi-Purpose Sports Hall (Badminton, Boxing, Volleyball, Weightlifting, etc).
  • Five (5) Tennis Courts complex including One Thousand-Seater (1,000) Centre Court (Covered Spectator Stand with a VVIP viewing stand),
  • Space for Children’s Playground.

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The 50,000 Olympic Standard Sports Stadium

The original proposed 50,000 Olympic Standard Sports Stadium won’t be built.

“NB: The 50,000 Capacity Olympic stadium will not be built due to time constraints. Nevertheless, these facilities will be constructed at Borteyman while we leverage the existing facilities of the University of Ghana.

An Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) procedure have commenced for the construction of a new 50,000 capacity Olympic Stadium for the 2023 Africa Games in Ghana.

The stadium, which will be sited at Borteyman in the Greater Accra Region and will cost an estimated $200 million and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the event.

The facilities to be constructed include a 50,000 capacity Olympic stadium complex, multi-purpose sports halls for all indoor sports, aquatic centres for swimming and tennis courts. 

The facility will be converted into a University for Sports and Development after the successful hosting of the games. As a result, hostels, administration blocks, lecturer halls will be constructed for this purpose.”

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