Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif says the Africa Games to be hosted by Ghana is an opportunity to revitalise sports in the country.
According to him, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) is an ally to the development of sports and should be committed to ensuring Ghana organises one of the best Africa games.
“The 2023 Africa Games offers our country a unique opportunity to revitalize all aspects of our sports, including development, promotion and active organisation of competitions, especially at the lower levels to unearth more talents,” he said.
During his vetting, Mr Ussif said he was committed to reviving school sports, citing the National Science and Maths Quiz rebranding.
He tasked Federations to pay attention to unearthing talents from schools across the country as he is committed to supporting this course.
“Strengthening the Inter-School Games by making it more competitive and exciting, is one of the surest routes towards achieving this, and as sector Minister, I reiterate my commitment to this.”
He added that, it is crucial as a nation to satisfy the objectives as a host country and deliver a memorable event.
“What is even more crucial for us, as a nation, is the 2023 Africa Games, which we are hosting,” the MP for Yagaba-Kubori continued.
The Africa Games to be staged in Ghana is ‘national project’ he described it, insisting, the success of the games must leave a lasting legacy, and that will only he achieved if the GOC leads the path with the best athletes to represent the country.
“[The Africa Games] is a National Project, which all of us must be committed to, to leave a lasting legacy as host nation in terms of organisation of the competition, and the successful participation of our athletes,” he stated.
About a week ago, the Minister and the Local Organising Committee(LOC) paid a courtesy call on the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The president told the contingent Ghana will not renege on its commitment to organising successful games. Mr Ussif said, the government sees the Africa Games as an opportunity to revitalise all the aspects of sports in the country.
“On our part as government, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has firmly pledged government’s commitment towards ensuring a successful organisation of the Africa Games.
“A successful Africa Games in 2023, also means our athletes in the various sporting disciplines doing very well on home soil. That is why preparation towards achieving that should start now, by going back to the grassroots, to find more talents and prepare them for the task ahead,” he concluded.
The GOC is a body responsible for overseeing Ghana’s participation in continental and international games.
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