Professor Peter Twumasi, the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) has expressed confidence Ghana will sweep more than 13 medals at the 2023 Africa Games to be hosted in Accra, Ghana.
In the last edition of the continental Games staged in Morocco, Ghana picked up 13 medals, comprising two gold, two silver, and nine bronze, to sit 15th on the log out of 42 countries.
With less than a year to the opening ceremony, Prof. Twumasi told GNA Sports that he was confident Ghana’s athletes would do better compared to the previous editions to bag more medals for the country.
“We want to host and win many medals. The last time we were in Morocco, we got 13 medals, which brought us from 25th to 15th position in the ranking.
“Now we have the opportunity to host, and we have to do better,” he said.
To achieve this, the NSA Director-General said athletes would be taken through adequate preparation with proper infrastructure in place to enable them to compete with the rest of Africa.
He said with the experience and exposure the athletes gathered at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, World Athletics in the USA, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Ghanaian athletes would be ready to battle for laurels.
He said, “So with the preparation of athletes, some of them are already well experienced in competing on international platforms like the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, and now they are coming back to Africa again, they would be ready for medals and the new ones would also join them”.
Prof. Twumasi added that new disciplines would be introduced into the games to the advantage of Ghana.
“So we also want to introduce some other new disciplines which are also to the advantage of the hosting nation, as it’s done all the time”.