Former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has urged the government to back out of hosting the 2023 Africa Games, which are scheduled to begin in Ghana in August of that year.
With the country’s current economic situation, Mahama believes it is not advisable to commit resources to host the multi-sport tournament.
Although the competition’s organizers are already in a race against time to finish building, the required infrastructure for the games before the deadline, they have constantly assured that all of the projects, including the construction of the Borteyman sports complex, will be finished on schedule.
“If it’s not too late, we can pull out of hosting the Africa Ganes, as it will severely stretch our precarious finances by hundreds of millions of cedis,” Mahama said in a speech Thursday night.
A budget of about $140 million has been set aside for the games’ infrastructure, which will be home to 54 nations competing in 25 different sports.