Chairman of Youth and Sports Committee of Parliament, Hon Alex Agyekum has called on Ghanaian sporting authorities to get the necessary infrastructure, and other facilities in place to enable the country take its rightful role in the development of African sport, as the country named to host the All Africa Games.
According to him, as the country gears to host theAfricaGames, there was the need for Sport Authorities to prepare adequately by getting sports men and women from all the 16 regions to start training in all discipline.
“We cannot continue to depend on others to keep the All-Africa Games alive. We owe it a duty to ourselves and our sports men and women to get involved in the hosting of the Games,” he added.
A statement earlier issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said the continental multi-sport event will be staged in the Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast stadia.
The statement signed by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto also revealed that Ghana pipped Egypt to the hosting rights of the competition.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) on behalf of Government is delighted to announce that Ghana has won the rights to host the 13th edition of the African Games in 2023 after beating Egypt,” the statement said.
“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”.
Ghana was declared host of the AAG at the 3rd Specialized Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports forum of the African Union Commission Minister’s session held in Algiers, Algeria last year.
The AAG is a multi-sport event held every four years with the competing nations coming from the African continent. This will be the first time that Ghana will be hosting the tournament.
The 2023 All-Africa Games would also serve as qualifiers for the various disciplines for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.
Nonetheless, Mr Agyekum, who is Member of Parliament for Mpohor said, Ghana deserved to host the continental games, but expressed the hope that, our Stadia and other sport facilities would be put in place to host a memorable and remarkable event on the continent.
He said, investing in sports means providing the necessary infrastructure, as well as the motivation needed to spur on our sportsmen and women.
Over the years, Ghana recorded a number of achievement having won four gold medals, two of which were credited to our paralympic team which registered two gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.
Our athletic squad, normally our strongest discipline in such competitions, registered a solitary gold medal, through veteran heptathlon performer Margaret Simpson.
Ghana boxing squad, for several years the strongest in the Commonwealth, is fast fading. In Maputo, only David Bawa boxed his way to the medal zone. Certainly, this is not a performance that the Ghana Amateur Boxing Association should be proud of.
The failure of long jump king Ignatius Essuman Gaisah to rule Africa should also be a source of worry. One redeeming feature though, is the success of the Black Meteors, who went to Maputo without some of the big names now campaigning with professional clubs in Europe. The silver medal win by the Black Princesses is also worthy of praise alongside our paralympic team, which has been outstanding in many arenas.
Overall, the performance by the Ghana contingent calls for a soul-searching examination to correct the wrongs that still afflict Ghana sports. We are not performing as well as we should, and the authorities would have to invest more in sports.
In similar development, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Youth and Sports also expressed his strongest conviction that, the Normalization Committee of Ghana Football Association (GFA) would work to the fulfillment of FIFA standard after the kick start of Clubs competition last week.
The MP noted that, the parliamentary select Committee has finished its work with the Normalization’s unless issues arising which might need the intervention of parliament.
He however expressed the hope that all the various committees setup, including Players status Committee, Referees Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee would play their respective roles to restore hope in Ghana soccer and general sports activities.