The 13th African Games, to be held in the nation from March 8–23, 2024, would be partially funded by the GH¢195,795,973 budget approved by Parliament for the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2024.
Mustapha Ussif, the Minister of Youth and Sports, stated that the nation was building the largest aquatic center in Africa, complete with an eight-lane warm-up pool and a 10-lane competition pool, when he moved the motion to approve the budget yesterday.
A 1,000-seat multipurpose arena for indoor events and five 1,000-seat tennis courts are now being built for the continental tournament.
The ministry stated that after modifications, the University of Ghana Stadium, which opened in 2007, was at the final stage of completion to host some of the events, including athletics. Six of the ten stadiums being built to function as youth centers are complete, according to the minister. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to open the Koforidua Stadium on December 28, 2023.
According to him, the National Sports Authority (NSA) has also launched a nationwide volunteer program for young people in different areas, along with a STEM program that trains almost 657 individuals in ICT, fashion design, and cosmetology, enabling them to become digitally literate at the local level.
“With this massive work that we are doing, we can only ask this honourable House to support us by approving this budget so that we can finish our preparations for hosting the entire continent here.
“We are expecting over 5,000 athletes, 3,000 officials, 2,000 volunteers and an expected one billion online and global viewers,” he said.
Thirty sports disciplines will be featured at the African Games, eight of which will serve as Olympic qualifying events and the others as demonstration sports to support the regional economy. The minister stated that Accra was being positioned as a sports center for the African Games and beyond as part of the legacy.
“We are also talking to the Africa Union to declare Accra as the 2024 Africa Sports City where we will engage various federations to organise more sporting events beyond the games,” Mr Ussif said.