Chairman of the Local Organising committee of the 2023 Africa games Dr. Kweku Ofosu Asare has bemoaned the delay in the construction of the proposed Stadium for the Africa games is undermining the work of the committee.
The proposed 50,000 Capacity stasium is yet to see the liggt of day as Government is yet to commit funds into its construction.
The Africa games, scheduled for September 2023 with more than 25 sporting Disciplines, and about 10,000 athletes participating is yet to see any physical activity on the ground.
A visibly unhappy Chairman of the Local organising committee of the games told Asaase Radio’s Atsu Tamakloe his committee has put in place enough mechanisms to begin the process of working to acheive their target
“With regards to the construction of the Stadium, that is what is undermining everybody”
At the committee level we’ve done all that is expected, we have been able to select what we call sub-committees of the LOC, very soon the Minister for youth and Sports will inaugurate the sub-committees, we’ve gone to Kumasi to also select what we call the venue Organising committee members that has been done, we’ve asked the AU to help in a way”
Dr Ofosu Asare maintains Even though the protocol agreement hasn’t been signed, the LOC succeeded in prevailing upon the AU to send a technical committee to run induction for the members of the LOC.
Expressing what the committee has done over the last 7 months, the LOC chairman siad they have covered lots of grounds, excpet rhe construction of the stadium that is in the hands of the Government.
“The LOC has covered alot of grounds, we could have moved faster if we had our own way with regards to the construction of the stadium, but if we look at what we’ve been able to achieve with regards to the protocol agreement, I think we have achieved a lot, we have met all federarion heads, we have put together the blue print, and will build on that, we have formed the sub committees”.
Dr. Kweku Ofosu Asare who’s LOC was inaugurated in October 2020 said, the construction of the stadium should have heen started ti show the progress of rhe games, but rhat mandate falls beyond the control of the committee.
“Left to us, we should have seen the construction of the stadium going on, but that is not up to us, its up to Government, and the legal people will say ‘that do not lie in our bossom’, its government now, and we have been assuring them [AU Sports Commission] that government will committee funds to the stadium.
Ghana risk losing the hosting right as president of ANOCA fired first warning shot earlier this week on the possibility of relieving the country of the rights, with Egypt standing by.