Africa is excited about Ghana’s University of Sports for Development – Mariama Cisse Mohamed

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The African Union’s Director of Social Development, Culture, and Sports Mariama Cisse Mohammed says Africa is pleased to learn of Ghana’s move to convert the Borteyman Sports Complex – a venue for the 2023 African Games – to a University of Sports for Development.

Ghana will become the first country in Africa to set up a University of Sports for development and run professional programmes for the purpose of promoting high-performance African sports through quality education and certification programmes.

The Local Organising Committee for the games, dubbed Accra 2023, has already set up a Legacy Sub-Committee chaired by Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu to ensure the legacy and sustainability of the project.

Madam Mariama Cisse Mohamed, right, delivering her address at the closing ceremony at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Thursday, February 17, 2022, during the maiden joint meeting of the 13th African Games

Madam Cisse, during her address at the closing ceremony of the First Joint Technical Meeting, hailed Ghana for the initiative and stated that Africa is excited about the idea.

“Hosting the 2023 African Games is a very big investment for Ghana which will go a very long way to improving the quality of sports infrastructure and sports in general on the continent as a whole. It is particularly pleasing to learn that the new sports infrastructure being constructed will become the University of Sports for Development after the Games,” she said in her presentation at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

Ghana’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif joined the Accra 2023 LOC, the Technical Committee for the organisation of the African Games (TCAG), and heads of various Federations in the closing session of the first Technical Meeting in Accra.

A four-member African Union team from the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) and the TCAG, led by Mrs. Kadidiatou Kanoute, arrived in the West African nation last week for the maiden joint meeting of the various stakeholders for the games.