Ex-Ghana president John Dramani Mahama wants Ghana to withdraw from hosting the 2023 African Games slated for 2023 in Accra, the capital of Accra.
The former Ghanaian leader wants Ghana to withdraw from hosting 2023 African Games due to the economic hardship in the country currently.
Ghana was awarded the rights to host the 13th edition of the multi-sport event in 2018 and has been preparing to host the continent in August next year, but Mr Mahama has asked the government to withdraw from hosting the games, citing the country’s economic hardship.
“If it’s not too late, we can pull out of hosting the Africa Games, as it will severely stretch our precarious finances by hundreds of millions of cedis,” he said in a speech Thursday night”, he said on Thursday evening.
The west African country is having a tough time putting together proper infrastructure for the games on time, with the Local Organizing Committee warning that any delay in the release of funds for the project could jeopardize their ability to meet deadlines.
The main venue, the Borteyman Olympic Stadium, is still under construction, and it is unclear when it will be ready to host the games.