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25.04.2007 Sports News

Accra To Host All Africa Sports Awards

The Banquet Hall of the State House will host some of Africa's sporting luminaries at a momentous gala to celebrate outstanding achievements by African sportsmen and sportswomen over the years on November 17.

After twice bringing the prestigious Commonwealth Sports Awards to Accra, Jamaican-born Briton, Al Hamilton, is partnering the Ghana @ 50 Secretariat, the Ghana Olympic Committee and other corporate bodies to organise the All Africa Sports Awards in the nation's capital on November 17, to honour the cream of African sports stars.

Yesterday's media launch of the awards at the Independence Square brought together such heavyweights as the CEO of the Ghana @ 50 Secretariat, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, GOC President, Mr Benson T. Baba, Mr Charles James Ayeh of the National Sports Council, Al Hamilton, Reginald Laryea of MMRS-Ogilvy and GFA Spokesman Mr Randy Abbey all of whom came to throw their weight behind the maiden project.

Dr Wereko-Brobby said November had been designated for sports as part of the year-long celebration of Ghana's golden jubilee independence anniversary, hence the All Africa Sports Awards appropriately fits into the entire theme and essence of the celebration, pledging his outfit's faith and support for a successful awards ceremony.

Various sporting disciplines ranging from football, athletics, boxing, tennis, cricket and others that have widespread appeal across Africa which had brought glory to the continent will feature prominently in the awards.

Mr Hamilton, the originator of the event, explained that a committee of eminent Ghanaian sports journalists would be formed to liaise with their counterparts from other African countries to select deserving sportsmen and sportswomen, in addition to public participation across Africa via SMS texting in order to whip up public interest and a sense of ownership in the event.

"It will be a magnificent night that the finest sportsmen that Africa has ever produced and eminent sporting personalities from as far as Jamaica will come under one roof," said Mr Hamilton, who added that after the Accra event, it would be rotated across other African countries annually in order to give a real continental appeal and for it to make an impact.

The GOC boss not only pledged his fullest support, but also stated his intention to get other African National Olympic Committees to throw their weight behind it to make it a truly annual continental event.

Story by Maurice Quansah

& Nathaniel Attoh