Ghana AAG Bid C’ttee, AWCON 2018 LOC lauded

THE World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has commended the decision by the African Union Specialised Technical Committee to award the hosting rights of the 2023 All Africa Games (AAG) to Ghana.

A statement signed by the Director, WADA Africa Office, Rodney Swigelaar, to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, also poured laudations on Ghana’s bid team – promising to lend a hand in the organisation of the Games to ensure its success.

“Indeed, your bid was very strong and I’m very sure that the execution thereof in 2023 will be just as solid.

“Considering the fact that I’m also familiar with some of your officials who worked on the plan, I was hardly surprised by the quality of Ghana’s efforts,” he said.

Ghana’s Bid Team was spearheaded by the Deputy Sports Minister Perry Okudjeto, Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, a Technical Consultant at the sector ministry and Rex Danquah of the RICS Consult and staff.

The WADA Director, who was in Accra last month to personally congratulate Ghana on the successful bid, said he was “preparing to work alongside” the nation’s 2023 Organising Committee to ensure an overall success of the Games.

Ghana will join the likes of Congo Brazzaville, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique as the only countries to have hosted the quadrennial games.

In another development, the Deputy General Secretary of CAF’s Football Development, Anthony Baffoe, has commended the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Local Organising Committee of the 11th Total African Women Nations Cup for the success of the three-week tournament that ended on December 1, this month.

“CAF would like to thank the LOC for hosting such a prestigious event and for all the efforts deployed in order to deliver a successful Women AFCON,” a letter addressed to the GFA Deputy General Secretary, Alex Asante, added.

Nigeria won the tournament for an incredible 9th time by upstaging a gleaming South Africa side during the shoot-outs. Hosts Ghana crashed out early after gathering four points at the group stage.

BY JOHN VIGAH

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