AU gives Ghana 2-week ultimatum on African Games' hosting

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

Emmanuel Afonne

The African Union (AU) has given Ghana two weeks to fix the actual dates to stage the African Games (AG).

The Games had earlier been scheduled to run from Aug. 4 to Aug. 19, 2023 but the host country is yet to approve the date, as the actual state of its facilities is yet to be ascertained.

Ghana will be hosting the Games for the first time, even as there is opposition against the country staging the Games.

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A statement by Tony Nezianya, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), stated that AU had mandated stakeholders in African Sports to ascertain the readiness of Ghana to host the Games.

The statement quoted Habu Gumel, the Treasurer-General of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), saying “they have been given two weeks to carry out the exercise and fix the actual dates to stage the Games”.

Gumel who was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the AU meeting said that a detailed inspection would be conducted of Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast, where the venues and facilities for the Games are located and to ascertain their state of readiness for the Games.


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