Africa Games 2023: Ex-President John Mahama calls for cancellation of games

John Dramani Mahama, a former president of Ghana, has advocated for the cancellation of the 2023 Africa Games, which are scheduled to take place in August of that year.

Mahama thinks it is unnecessary to devote resources to holding the multi-sport event given the country’s current economic woes.

The Local Organising Committee issued a warning that any delay in the allocation of financing for the project could impair their ability to fulfill deadlines since the nation has already struggled to provide infrastructure in time for the games.

Afreximbank’s $750 million loan to the Government of Ghana is said to include funds for the $140 million earmarked for facilities for the games.

In a speech on Thursday night, Mahama said, “If it’s not too late, we can pull out of hosting the Africa Games, since it will severely stretch our shaky finances by hundreds of millions of cedis.”

Outside of infrastructure issues, the event was already facing significant difficulties, and the hosting of the games was also in jeopardy due to a dispute over marketing rights between the African Sporting Confederation and the African Union.

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