ANOCA grants over $500,000 to member countries for 13th African Games preparation

ANOCA grants over $500,000 to member countries for 13th African Games preparation
ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf

The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) has allocated a total of $540,000 to member countries in preparation for the upcoming 13th , set to be hosted in , Ghana.

Scheduled to occur from March 8-23, the African Games will welcome over 13,000 visitors, including athletes, officials, and tourists to the vibrant city of Accra.

ANOCA, in line with its mandate, has disbursed a grant of $10,000 to each of the 54 member countries to aid them in their preparations for the Games. Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), confirmed this allocation, stating that Ghana's portion of the grant would be transferred to the Ministry of for presentation to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to settle expenses related to the Games.

Sports for the event have been categorized into three groups: Olympic qualifying sports, non-Olympic qualifying sports, and Demonstration Sports. Olympic qualifying sports include athletics, badminton, cycling, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and wrestling. Other competitive sports, not serving as Olympic qualifiers, encompass , beach volleyball, basketball (3×3), , chess, cricket, football, handball, hockey, judo, karate-do, rugby, taekwondo, indoor volleyball, and weightlifting. Additionally, mixed martial arts, pickleball, speedball, sambo, scrabble, and e-sports will feature as demonstration sports.

Numerous venues across Accra and its environs have been designated for the Games, including the , Borteyman Sports Complex, The Trust Emporium (Bukom Boxing Arena), Laboma Beach, Achimota Cricket Oval, Sports Stadium, Stadium, Alisa Hotel, and Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium. These venues will host a diverse range of sporting disciplines, showcasing the talent and athleticism of athletes from across the continent.

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