President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday broke ground for construction works to begin on sports infrastructure for the 13th edition of the African Games, scheduled for 2023.
The stadium will host facilities for about 25 sporting disciplines for the games.
At the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said this was the first time the country had won the bid to host the African Games.
As the torchbearer of the African independence movement, Ghana was among 30 countries that participated in the first All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, in 1965.
Since then, President Akufo-Addo said the games had been held on 11 occasions but never in Ghana.
COVID-19 notwithstanding, the President expressed confidence that Ghana would organise the best African Games in history.
President Akufo-Addo said the glory days of Ghanaian sports in athletics, boxing, football and table tennis “are somewhat be behind us,” but the government, through the Ministry of Sports, was working hard to reverse the unfortunate trend.
He said the recent exploits of Team Ghana at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games, which saw Ghana winning her first medal in 29 years, “through the outstanding boxer, Samuel Takyi, as well as the individual teams of the contingent, is a good pointer.
The President indicated the provision of the requisite infrastructure to sustain these achievements and many more was critical “if our nation is to regain its pride of place in sports on the continent and the world.”
The President intimated that hosting the 13th African Games would allow the country to address capacity deficiencies by providing the relevant human resource capacity to run and manage sports in Ghana.
Most importantly, he noted, it would give Ghana state-of-the-art sporting facilities that would support sports development.
Rex Mainoo Yeboa, ISD