Ghana’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif has assured the rest of the continent that the country will be ready in 2024 to host a successful African Games.
The 13th African Games was initially scheduled to come off this year but had to be postponed to next year as a result of a number of challenges.
Fortunately, a long-standing impasse between the African Union, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), and the Association of African Sports Confederation (AASC) was resolved amicably early this year.
The resolution was reached after a series of meetings made by the government of Ghana, leading to the signing of an agreement on February 19, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Since then, there has been massive infrastructure work in Ghana as part of the preparations for the African Games.
Following an inspection of work by officials of the AU and ANOCA, Ghana’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif addressed the press in Accra on Wednesday, July 26.
In his briefing, he stressed that the country is on course with the preparations for the Games and all facilities will be completed by December this year.
He noted that he is confident Ghana will host the best-ever African Games.
“I can assure you that under the able leadership of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana is going to host the best-ever Green Games,” Mustapha Ussif said.
The 13th African Games will adopt a “Green Game Strategy” which will focus on the reduction of waste, emotions, water conservation, sustainable transportation, and recycling.
This strategy aims to make the event a model of sustainability and environmental responsibility, showcasing our commitment to creating a positive impact on the environment while hosting a world-class sporting spectator.
By adopting eco-friendly practices, renewable energy sources, and community involvement, we envision leaving a lasting legacy of environmental consciousness for future generations.
In all, 22 sports disciplines will be competed in, out of which seven of the disciplines will involve qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France
Among the many benefits of hosting the 13th African Games, Ghana’s sports infrastructure deficiency will be improved.
The 13th African Games will be held from March 8 to March 23.
Athletes and Officials are expected to arrive in Ghana between March 5 and March 7. The opening ceremony of the Games is scheduled to be held on March 8 with Athletes and Officials billed to depart for their respective countries on March 24, a day after the closing ceremony.