The first ever African Beach Games slated for the island of Cape Verde is set to commence from the 14- 23 June, 2019.
Beach Soccer would be the headline sport for this event.
SAL 2019 is the first ever game of its kind anywhere in the world and Africa is the proud host continent with several countries expected to participate in the two weeks tournament based solely on sand.
According to the press officer for team Ghana, Baaba Tando, a final list of athletes along with the confirmed disciplines would be submitted to the organizers in the coming days.
The host city, SAL, has been selected because Cape Verde intends to launch its international tourism campaign using sports as an attraction.
Beach Soccer would be the headline of a total of 11 disciplines to be staged at the event.
The other sports include beach volley, beach handball, open water swimming, coastal rowing, karate kata, freestyle football, kiteboarding and new sports such as beach tennis, beach basketball and beach athletics.
The games which are under the Ghana Olympic Committee supervision has given Ghana the opportunity to present at most 85 athletes cutting across the 11 selected disciplines for the tournament.
The GOC has had a series of meetings with the heads of the various sports federations to put in place a strategic preparation schedule for the tournament as well as decide which disciplines Ghana would participate in during the tournament.
It is imperative that Ghana puts its best foot forward to afford the nation medal opportunities at the Games.
Sal, one of the 10 islands of the Cape Verde archipelago situated 460km due west of Senegal, is an island of year-round sun,blue azure sea and vast white sand beaches.
It is these features that made the island the perfect location for the 1st African Beach Games.
The affable Chief Executive Officer of Don’s promotions Michael Nii Yarboi Annan is of the view that the whole Bukom boxing arena business does not make boxing attractive financially to organise bouts.
Speaking with BoxingGhana’s Samuel Ofosuhene ahead of the second event billed for May 10, 2019 which sees the hugely anticipated battle between Robert Quaye and Marios Matamba, he made his position known on the cost implications of using the facility
“It’s going to cost you almost GHC 20,000ghc to use the place. So if you charge 20ghc per person you need 1,000 fans to come in just to cover the use of the arena, plus poor security which means you need to bring in your own security. Yes, that’s a real challenge.”
It cost not less than the amount stated to organise a bout at the Bukom Boxing Arena, a development which is scaring most promoters and businessmen away.
“It does not make business sense and it seems no one can talk including the GBA.” He told BoxingGhana.
The financial auditor and promoter left no stone unturned in asserting his views on a problem so silently endemic on most boxing promoters in Ghana.
“Let’s face it, these boxers do not have supporters who can buy tickets.
Their supporters want free tickets, even industry players wants tickets free.” He retorted.
There are so many aspiring promoters and current promoters who share the same sentiments and feel it is rather retrogressing the sports.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the best business decision were aligned with the best promotional decisions? In this regard, corporate Ghana is being called on to partner, and the handlers of the facility must start working on it or risk losing customers to other alternatives.
The Bukom Boxing Arena was meant to promote the sweet science of pugilism,but not to deter potential business investors from harvesting on the native bukom boxing edifice.
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