Ghana has won the rights to host the 2023 African Games (previously christened All-Africa Games), the country’s Sports Ministry officially confirmed Friday.
The West African country will thus have over four years to prepare and welcome the rest of the continent to the 13th edition of the Games with Accra as the main venue, supported by two stadiums in Kumasi and Cape Coast.
A press release signed by deputy Sports Minister Perry Curtis Okudzeto reads:
“The monumental achievement was declared at the 3rd Specialized Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports (STC-YCS) forum of the African Union Commission Ministers’ session in Algiers, Algeria on Thursday, 25th October 2018.
The Ministry believes this is a unique opportunity to rewrite the scripts of Ghana sports for the next century.
The Ministry is committed to providing facilities for Ghana to host a successful tournament, as the continental sports event will be staged in Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast Stadia.
The Games will also serve as qualifiers for the various disciplines for the Olympics Games in Paris, 2024.”
Ghana beat Egypt to the hosting rights.
Meanwhile, Morocco will host the 12th African Games in October 2019.