Government will continue the construction of the Abiriw and New Edubiase stadiums in 2022, Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta said on Wednesday.
While the Abiriw project started under this government, the New Edubiase stadium was started by the John Mahama-led government in 2016.
Also, Sunyani Coronation Park will be rehabilitated.
“In 2022, Government will continue with the construction of the Abiriw and the New Edubiase sports stadia as well as commence the rehabilitation of the Sunyani Coronation Park,” Mr Ofori-Atta said in Parliament while delivering the 2022 budget statement.
The Finance Minister noted that government will focus on getting the Borteyman Olympic Stadium ready for the 2023 All-African Games.
“Mr. Speaker, in 2022, Ghana will participate in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and continue with preparatory activities towards organising and hosting the 13th African Games in Accra in 2023.
“Government will procure sports logistics and equipment and begin the construction of a new multipurpose sports hall, hostel facilities and an olympic-size swimming pool at Borteyman in Accra.”
On benefits enjoyed by the sports industry in 2021, Mr Ofori-Atta stated “some stadia across the country were renovated in 2021 and are at various stages of completion as follows: Accra Sports Stadium – 98% complete; Phase I of Baba Yara Stadium – 98% complete; Essipong Stadium – 90% complete; and Cape Coast Stadium – 60% complete.”
There was no mention of the budget allocated for Black Stars participation in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
But it is believed that the $25 million being raised by the government with support from corporate bodies would cover that.