As shown in a Parliament declaration released on Thursday, Ghana has abandoned plans to develop a new Olympic Sports Complex to host the 2023 All-African Games.
According to the report, the nation's Sports and Youth Minister Mustapha Ussif told Parliament that instead of building a new stadium at Borteyman near the eastern port city of Tema, the country would repair the University of Ghana's abandoned stadium ahead of the Games. The ministry ascribed the change in strategy to the COVID-19 pandemic's time constraints.
“The initial intention was to build an Olympic Stadium compound at Borteyman, but because of the commencement of COVID-19, this plan cannot materialize,” said the sports minister.
“Following a thorough assessment of the deadlines, the ministry, in cooperation with the local organizing committee, decided on a hybrid approach that would use existing facilities at the University of Ghana while also erecting other auxiliary facilities,” said the ministry.
The minister did, nevertheless, reassure parliament that the government is committed to ensuring that all accessible facilities are in good working order in time for the Games.
“Ghana remains dedicated to hosting the 2023 Games and would use new facilities and rehabilitate others to host the competition,” he added. In 2023, the 13th Tournament Games will be held in Hana, which will host 54 nations and regions.