Sekyere Richard: Can Ghana Athletics Make Good Use Of Africa Games 2023 to Capitalise Ahead Of Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

Sekyere Richard: Can Ghana Athletics Make Good Use Of Africa Games 2023 to Capitalise Ahead Of Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

The Ghana Athletics Association will have a very big task ahead in the coming 2 years. The 13th Africa Games 2023 will be hosted in Ghana. New facilities are being built while others are being renovated to suit the standard of the games.

The 13th Africa Games will have about 50 disciplines but in every event, we have the major disciplines which are competed by most of the athletes. Athletics is one of them and most of the athletes will be willing to break through and can be recognised and honoured by their country. Sekyere Richard: Can Ghana Athletics make good use of Africa Games 2023 to capitalise ahead of Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

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Qualifying for the Olympic Games is not easy and needs maximum investment, time, dedication, sacrifices, and years of preparation. When the mantle is left on the individual athletes they find it very difficult to excel and compete on the world stage. When you take 10 athletes without sponsors at least only 2 of them can become professional athletes and may/not represent their country and even qualify for the biggest sporting event in the world “the Olympic Games”.

The athletes need to be groomed right from scratch and register to participate in many races. Participating in races with the elite athletes ahead of the Olympics helps the athlete to get a lot of confidence and experience.

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We have only 2 years ahead of us for the games and as a nation what are we doing to help our athletes meanwhile we are using a lot of money to build infrastructures for the games.

Are we building these infrastructures for other nationals to come and win all the medals and we stay behind and watch them?

What is the Ghana Athletics Association doing for its athletes prior to the biggest sporting games on the African Continent?

Is time we start to train the athletes and prepare them very well ahead of the games in both physically and spiritually.

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There were rumors that Ghana was about to strip off the hosting right but the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Ussif Mustapha cleared the rumors and stated emphatically that Ghana will host the games coming 2023.

The government of Ghana initially proposed a new site to build an ultra-modern sports infrastructure which will later become a Sports University of Ghana. The idea of the Sports University is to nurture the Ghanaian Youths who are interested in all the sporting disciplines. Although plans were far ahead due to the covid-19 pandemic, a lot of things were delayed.

Hon. Ussif Mustapha, the minister of Youth and Sports said that the University of Ghana Sports Stadium will be used as the main host stadium for athletics and others sports disciplines. The University of Ghana has a lot of sports infrastructures but that won’t be enough for the games.

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The 13th Africa Games 2023 will be used as the qualification standard for Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Ghana must be grateful and take great advantage to get more of her athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games especially in athletics.

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 cut sod for the construction to begin at the proposed site at Borteyman on the sporting facilities for the 13th Africa Games 2023. The President said, “the facility will host 24 sporting disciplines for the 13th African Games. It will have multi-purpose sports halls for all indoor sports, 1000 seater basketball, and tennis courts”.

To read full details of the sporting infrastructures of the Borteyman Sports Complex use this link below.

https://athleticshour.com/president-akufo-addo-cuts-sod-for-the-commencement-of-sports-infrastructures-at-borteyman-for-african-games-2023/

 

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