President Nana Akufo-Addo Tuesday cut sod for construction work to begin on sporting facilities that will host 2023 African Games to be staged in Ghana.
Akufo-Addo performed the sod-cutting ceremony at Borteyman, Accra, where a 50,000 capacity Olympic standard stadium will be built for the 13th edition of the continent’s flagship games.
The stadium will host facilities for about 25 sporting disciplines for the game. It will have multi-purpose sports halls for all indoor sports, aquatic centres for swimming and tennis courts.
Alongside the construction of facilities at Borteyman, government will also complete the abandoned University of Ghana Stadium, which will be used for athletics and football.
Youth and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif said hosting the African Games will be of immense benefit to the country’s sports development.
“Hosting the biggest sporting event on the African continent; the African Games 2023, falls in line with the vision of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to promote national development through sports,” Mustapha Ussif said.
“In the wisdom of the President, hosting the African Games will also accelerate the development of sports as well as provide the needed sports infrastructure to quicken such development.”
According to the Minister, President Akufo-Addo’s government has already delivered unprecedented sports infrastructure in the country in the past four years, and the African Games will add to that remarkable legacy.
“The African Games is a massive and multi-sports event which requires modern and internationally approved facilities for a successful event,” he said.
“Already, under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo, there has been unprecedented development in sports infrastructure. From the national stadia which are undergoing renovations, the multi-purpose sports facilities currently under construction in ten (10) regions and over seventy (70) astro turfs across the country. “
“We are optimistic that the construction of the Borteyman Sports facilities and the upgrading of facilities at the University of Ghana will provide the nation with the capacity not only to host a successful African Games, but also position the nation to attract other major sporting events to Ghana. These facilities will further provide the needed infrastructure for sport development and nurturing of talents.
He finally urged Ghanaians to embrace the event and support it for history to be made together.
“I call on all Ghanaians to embrace this national project, the Africa continents and the global sports fraternity to join us in making history and planting the seed for sustainable sport development and development through sports.”