Covid-19 Has Affected Ghana’s Preparations Towards 2023 Africa Games – Hon.Perry Okudzeto

Covid-19 Has Affected Ghana’s Preparations Towards 2023 Africa Games – Hon.Perry Okudzeto

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Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Youth & Sports, Perry Okudzeto has exposed how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the nation’s preparations towards hosting the 2023 African Games.

The Sports Ministry had begun the renovation of the various stadia across the country with works being carried out at the Baba Yara and Essipong Sports Stadia, after the successful face-lift of the Accra Sports Stadium.

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The works being carried out at the stadia had to been halted due to the lockdown which was imposed by the President Akufo-Addo to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the Deputy Sports Minister, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the scale of work and preparations towards the games.

“Coronavirus has affected us greatly in our preparations for the 2023 African games. It has prevented us from doing certain things. We are still pushing and finding ways to push the contractors to finish some of the projects and renovation work, he said on a live radio and TV programme organized by ETV, Hapy FM and GTV Sports Plus which was also aired on the internet via Face Book, Twitter, Zoom and others.

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Hon Okudzeto added that timelines given for the completion of the 10-multipurpose sports centres will not be met.

“The construction of the Multipurpose Sports Centres can’t be completed in July as planned because the workers are not working anymore due to the pandemic”

Ghana won the bid to host the continent’s biggest sports festival after the successful 2019 African Games in Morocco, and the proposal for a national Olympic Stadium has also been hit as bidding and procurement processes have been affected.

But the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth & Sports, Hon. Alex Agyekum has advised that all processes conserning paper work and online correspondence must go on even as people observe social distancing during the covid-19 period.

GFA President Kurt Okraku revealed that the coronavirus has affected the game of football, but they have had other problems and appealed for support from the government.

Ben Nunoo Mensah, the GOC President also called on the government to support all sports disciplines, especially those that have been winning medals or capable of winning luereals for the nation.

The GOC President who doubles as the President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) hinted that his athletes were in contention for qualifying competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and postponement could make them have more time to prepare for 2021.

He urged all other national athletes to liase with their federation heads and coaches to draw and plan their training schedules as the IOC and international sports bodies will announce impending qualifying competitions.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

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