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13th African Games: Ghana welcomes Africa for three-week sports fiesta

March 4, 2024
13th African Games Ghana welcomes Africa for three-week sports fiesta

After meticulous planning spanning five years, Ghana is set to host the 13th , marking a significant milestone for the country. With over 49 nations participating, this event promises to be the biggest sporting spectacle on the African continent.

This marks a historic moment for Ghana as it hosts the games for the first time since its inception in 1965. The nation has spared no effort in building modern, state-of-the-art sporting facilities in preparation for this prestigious event.

Under the theme “Experience the African Dream,” the games aim to celebrate the immense sporting talents found across the continent. Athletes from diverse backgrounds will converge in to make history for themselves and their respective countries.

The opening ceremony, scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2024, offers Ghana the opportunity to showcase its rich and diverse culture to the world. With an anticipated audience of two billion viewers, both on television and online platforms, Ghana aims to leave a lasting impression during the three-week event.

Over 13,000 elite athletes from across Africa will compete for honours in various sporting disciplines. Additionally, some athletes will be vying for qualification spots for the upcoming in Paris.

The game's schedule kicks off with preliminary qualifying events starting on Monday, March 4, 2024. Disciplines such as badminton, handball, and table tennis will commence their preliminaries on the same day. The first medals will be up for grabs in badminton and table tennis events on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

Athletics, with a total of 174 medals at stake, will commence on Monday, March 18, 2024, featuring both men's and women's track and field events. Other events such as swimming, , and cycling will follow suit in the ensuing days.

The 13th African Games will feature a total of 30 sporting disciplines, including seven Olympic qualifying sports, 16 non-Olympic qualifiers, and seven demonstration sports. These events will take place across various venues in Accra, with newly constructed facilities such as the Borteyman Sports Complex and the Sports Stadium playing a pivotal role.

The Ghanaian public eagerly anticipates this historic event, which not only showcases the nation's capability to host large-scale sporting events but also promotes unity and pride across the African continent.

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