LOC: 2023 African Games to be held in March 2024

The 2023 African Games will now hold between March 8-23, 2024, according to the Local Organising Committee for the quadrennial games.

The LOC made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday night, following the conclusion of a two-day inspection by the Africa Union Sports Council.
The Games, earlier scheduled to hold in August 2023 was shifted to 2024 following the stakeholders’ decision last month.

This follows the stakeholders’ decision to reschedule from August 4 to 19, 2023.

Several factors, including petty disagreements and unreadiness of facilities, slowed the progress of organizing the competition until a meeting last week in Addis Ababa between the African Union (AU), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOCA), and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC).

Coordinator of the African Union Sports Council Dr. Decius Chipande acknowledged Ghana’s commitment to ensuring games are held successfully.

“I would like to thank The Local Organising Committee led by Dr. Ofosu Asare and his entire team, the Ministry of Youth and Sports led by Honourable minister Mustapha Ussif and the president of the republic for the great Hospitality that we’ve been accorded here in Ghana and the great investment that Ghana have put into hosting a successful 2023 African games.”

While the event serves as a 2024 Olympic games qualifying ground for 12 of the approximately 25 proposed disciplines, athletes are expected to arrive in Ghana between March 5-7, 2019.

The Accra Games will start five days after the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nigeria was second behind Egypt at the last edition of the Games held in Rabat, Morocco with a total of 127 medals made up of 46 gold, 33 silver and 48 bronze medals.

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