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2023 African Games: Ghana Prez. cuts sod for construction of supplementary facilities

Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo has cut sod for the start of construction works on a sports complex at Borteyman on Tuesday.

It will supplement the University of Ghana Stadium in hosting the 2023 Africa Games to be staged in Accra.

The government had initially planned to construct a 50,000 capacity Olympic Stadium to host the games but shelved that and decided the university stadium will be the center of the games.

It cited COVID-19 disruptions as the cause of the abandonment of the initial plan and will construct complementary facilities at Borteyman to support the games.

The sports complex at Borteyman, which will cost an estimated $145 million, will house the following facilities:

—400-metre 6-Lane Athletics Warm-Up Track with playing field for football; Washrooms

for male and female; Spectator stand for 500 people.

— One Thousand-Seater Competition Swimming Pool, collapsible to Five Hundred (500)

Seater. 8-lane Competition Swimming.

—8-Lane Warm-up Swimming Pool.

— Five Hundred-Seater (500) Temporary Dome (Handball, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo,

etc).

–One Thousand-Seater (1,000) Multi-Purpose Sports Hall (Badminton, Boxing, Volleyball, Weightlifting, etc).

—Five (5) Tennis Courts complex including One Thousand-Seater (1,000) Centre Court

(Covered Spectator Stand with a VVIP viewing stand),

—Space for Children’s Playground.

President Akufo-Addo added that the facility will be converted into a University for Sports Development after the games.

As a result, additional facilities such as lecture halls, student hostels among others will be added to the Borteyman complex to serve this purpose.

The project will sum up to $195 million when the educational facilities are added.

The games will see all 54 African countries participating with over four thousand athletes expected to take part in the 12-day event in August 2023.