Sports News of Saturday, 15 February 2014
Ghana and three other African nations have been offered the privilege to bid for the hosting rights of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The three others are Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
This came to light after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced that the right to host the 2022 Games would be the privilege right of any African nation.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president, Gideon Sam, who disclosed this to the media after the Queen’s Relay Baton reached the rainbow nation, noted that the four nations had up until the end of March to bid for the rights to host the games.
The Relay Baton, which is expected to tour all the 70 participating Commonwealth nations, touched down in South Africa last Monday for a four-day visit after touring Lesotho.
It is expected to tour some landmarks in the post-apartheid nation while some of the rainbow nation’s great sporting talents will be expected to carry it along some principal streets in the country.
Meanwhile, speaking on the issue with the Daily Graphic, Ghana’s Chef De Mission of the Commonwealth Games, Ben Nunoo-Mensah, while appreciating the fact that Ghana had been given the opportunity to bid for the Games in 2022, expressed pessimism about the nation’s readiness to host such a huge event.
“We don’t have adequate infrastructure with respect to facilities, roads and equipment for such an event,” he said, noting that South Africa is the only nation with the realistic chance to host the games, since they have all the facilities and the infrastructure to successfully bid for the event.
Mr Nunoo-Mensah, who doubles as the president of the Ghana Weightlifting Association, ruled out Ghana and Nigeria as hosts of the Commonwealth Games in the near future.