The President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Mr. Kwabena Yeboah has challenged the media to work with the L.O.C in delivering a World Class Sporting event for the 2023 Africa Games. He has assured the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 13th African Games of the sports media support for them to host a successful event saying, the Games is “Our Games”.
Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, made this known during an interactive session between members of SWAG and the Organizing Committee at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium.
He also called on the LOC as a matter of concern to assist the media in building their capacity to have a credible reportage and coverage of the Games.
Executive Chairman of the LOC, Dr. Kwaku Ofosi Asare, reassured government’s commitment in making sure the Games is successfully held and appealed to the media to shun away from negative reportage since they are working around the clock for the Games to come on.
He mentioned that the LOC will soon be embarking on a regional sensitization tour to whip up the interest of Ghanaians and also promote the Games so as the get the needed support from the citizens.
He also added that they will soon be launching the Games’ logo and mascot which will spearhead all publicity and promotional activities surrounding the Games.
The Chief Operating Officer for the LOC, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, briefed the media on activities and events that have transpired since Ghana won the bid to host the Games in 2018. He explained that there was little to be done because the protocol agreement for the Games had not been signed and unfortunately the global pandemic also had a toll on their activities which delayed most of their planned works.
He however assured that they together with the Government of Ghana are poised to make the Games happen for Ghana to be counted among the countries that have hosted the Games. He explained that Ghana has made a few changes in the Games to suit the traditional and cultural values of the country and since they are hoping to make the event an African qualifier for the next Olympic Games, every facility that will be put up will be of the accepted Olympic Standard.
If hosted, Ghana will join the likes of Congo Brazzaville, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Morocco as countries on the continent that has hosted the Africa Games which was previously known as the All African Games.
Source : www.swagghana.com