— Published 2 September 2021

Ghana will be ready


With two years to go before the event, Ghana is ready to host the All Africa Games in 2023. This is, in any case, the promise made by the Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The Head of State assured this on Tuesday, August 31st, while laying the foundation stone of the construction site of the sports facilities planned in Accra, the capital. “I can promise the African Union that Ghana is ready, willing and able to host the most successful and memorable All Africa Games,” said Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The new facilities, estimated to cost $195 million, include a warm-up track for athletics, a football field, a 500-seat grandstand, a 1,000-seat swimming pool, a warm-up pool and a 500-seat temporary dome for handball, judo, karate and taekwondo. Last spring, rumours suggested that Ghana could be stripped of the organisation of the 13th All-Africa Games, as the country was considerably behind schedule. But the current regime denied this, explaining that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced it to scale back its ambitions in terms of equipment and facilities, but that the project was still on track. Ghana was awarded the African event in 2018 against two rivals, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. But the dates for the 2023 All Africa Games have still not been decided. The last edition of the continental event was held in 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.