The opening ceremony will be graced by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency (H.E) John Evans Atta Mills, and Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Clement Humado, Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports and Chairman of the LOC, other ministers of state and government officials.
Other dignitaries expected at ceremony are the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kadre Desire, Director at the ECOWAS Centre for Youth and Sports development, Mr. Francis Njuagane, Youth and Sports Ministers of participating countries and other high profiled delegations from the sub region.
A colorful display of rich Ghanaian culture blended with the old and new range of entertainment will be showcased to the participants. The famous ‘Azonto’ dance will also displayed by selected youth groups in the country.
Over 2,000 athletes and officials are currently in the country to be part of the history as Ghana seeks to improve upon the previous edition of the Games held in Abuja, Nigeria.
As part of the improvement, one discipline (boxing) has been added to the previous four disciplines namely; athletics, handball, traditional boxing and volleyball.
According to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), renovation works at the various centers to host the Games have been completed to honor the games.
The El Wak Sports Stadium which was before the Games, was always in the news for its deplorable state but prior to the Games the dilapidated tartan tracks have been given a facelift giving way for the athletics competition to be held there.
The yet to be named Sports Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium which served as the venue for most of the country’s indoor games has been refurbished with centralized air-conditioning system with sponsorship from RLG Communication.
In a press briefing on Thursday, the LOC Chairman and Deputy Minister for Youth & Sports, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, said 10 countries including Ghana have confirmed their participation in the Games.
The countries are; Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The games village will be at the University of Ghana, Legon. An ICT centre will be set up at the games village to give the athletes and officials the opportunity to communicate among themselves and their families during the period.
Dr. Boamah commended the swift response from corporate bodies like; RLG Communication, Ghana National Petroleum Authority (GNPA) and Ghana Oil Limited (GOIL) for coming on board in making the event a success.