Sports News of Monday, 29 October 2018
President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, has commended government on their commitment in ensuring Ghana won the hosting rights for the 2023 All Africa Games (AAG).
A powerful delegation, led by Magnus Rex Danquah, was tasked to put together a bidding document which was used to ensure that Ghana secured the rights.
According to the GOC boss, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) deserved commendation for the success chalked and assured them of his outfit’s support for the country to host a better competition.
He said Ghana’s decision to host the All African Games begun from the previous government and, therefore, paid tribute to them for taking the initiative to do so.
Ghana was last Wednesday confirmed as the host of the 2023 multi-sport event which would also be a qualifying event for the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France.
“Egypt was the biggest threat to Ghana winning the bid but the ministry’s delegation put up a good bid to secure the rights for the country,” he mentioned.
For the first time in the history of the Games, three cities, Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast have been selected as host cities for the games.
This will be the first time Ghana will be hosting the competition and will join the likes of Congo Brazzaville, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique as the only countries to have hosted the event.
Egypt remains the most successful country in the All-Africa Games having won 1,362 medals in total.
Morocco will host the upcoming edition next year