The Government of Ghana has abandoned plans to construct a 50,000 capacity stadium at Borteyman to host the 2023 Africa Games.

Instead, the country is turning attention to the refurbishment of existing facilities across the country and the construction of non-available essential amenities to host the multi-sport event.

In October 2020, at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee for the Games, President Akufo Addo announced that that land had been secured to put a stadium in Borteyman to host the games.

Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif

The President further stated that the facility will be converted into a University for Sports and Development after the successful hosting of the games.

But in answering questions on the floor of parliament on Wednesday June 30, 2021, Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif announced that government will not be able to construct the stadium because of time constraints.

“The plan adopted was to construct an Olympic Stadium complex at Borteyman, unfortunately, this plan could not materialise due to the onset of Covid-19.

“The pandemic delayed the start of the procurement process for the construction of this required facility for the game,” Ussif said.

The Minister announced that the country is now considering finishing the Legon Sports Stadium and will consider rehabilitating other facilities across the country to host the games.

“Due to time constraints, various options were reviewed, some of the facilities for the refurbishment reviewed include, the Accra Sports Stadium, the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Cape Coast Stadium, the Winneba College and the Legon Stadium.

“After careful study of the timelines, the Ministry in consultation with the local organizing committee has adopted a hybrid approach to construct the project in phases, by leveraging on existing facilities at the University of Ghana and build other facilities that are not available but are requirements for the hosting of the games.”

The 13th edition of the Africa Games, formerly known as the All African Games would involve 54 participating countries and 25 sporting disciplines.

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