The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has indicated that six out of 10 sports stadia being constructed by the government in the 10 regions are ready for inauguration beginning this month.
The 10 new sports stadia are multi-purpose, with international standard facilities such as a football pitch, eight-lane athletics tracks, tennis courts, basketball courts, conference rooms, as well as IT and skills training centres for the youth.
Dr Bawumia said the six stadiums located in Wa, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Axim, Dormaa Ahenkro, Ho, and Koforidua were ready, beginning with the inauguration of the Koforidua stadium before the end of the year. The remaining four were expected to be completed next year.
The Vice President, speaking at the launch of the 100-day countdown to the 13th African Games (Accra 2023) in Accra last Wednesday, said the facilities under construction at Borteyman and the University of Ghana represented a demonstration of the government’s commitment to host the continental games, as well as providing much-needed infrastructure to aid the development of sports in Ghana.
“The construction of these magnificent, multi-purpose facilities at Borteyman and the University of Ghana for the African Games, clearly demonstrates our government’s commitment to the development of much-needed sports infrastructure in Ghana,” he said.
Dr Bawumia noted that the government was also developing sports infrastructure at the community level, revealing that 153 Astro turf football fields had been built so far in communities across the country, demonstrating the government’s commitment to provide the right facilities for the development of sports in Ghana.
With so much investment in national, regional and community sports facilities, the Vice President called on the Ministry of Youth and other relevant stakeholders to focus on maintaining the facilities.