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Samson Deen and Asafa Powell. Photo: Contributed
Samson Deen and Asafa Powell. Photo: Contributed

Powell supports Ghana’s hosting of first African Paralympic Games

Former sprint champion Asafa Powell has commended Samson Deen, the president of the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana (NPC-Ghana) and president of the African Paralympic Committee, for making para-sports a focus on the African continent.

About 50 African countries are expected to participate in the continental showpiece.

This bold enterprise will give athletes and NPC-Ghana the opportunity to showcase their abilities in the first-ever African Paralympic Games, which will be staged from 3 to 12 September in Accra.

In a closed-door meeting, Deen said the Paralympic office would like to cooperate with Powell to promote the #WalkInMyShoe project. This digital campaign will aim to bridge the gap between non-disabled people and those with disabilities.

Powell was led by the president of the Ghana National Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah, to solidify the need for para-sports promotion on the African continent.

Ghana will host this first border-shifting multi-sport Paralympic event with seven sport codes, namely para-powerlifting, para-volleyball, goalball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball and amputee football.

Deen said: “The government has been committed to offering the necessary support and logistics that will make hosting of the African Paralympic Games in 2023 possible.

“We will work to ensure a smooth and successful Games and give participants a memorable experience.”

The West African nation’s local organising committee has confirmed it has a budget of US$8.5 million to stage the event, with the funding coming from media rights, sponsorships and the Ghanaian government.

The last African Games were held in Rabat, Morocco, in 2019.


Namibian Sun 2023-03-29

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