Farida Idriss: Hosting Africa championships is good preparation for African Games

Author: Albert Tetteh Wayoe Jnr
Ghana hosted a successful African Championship in Accra this month
Ghana hosted a successful African Championship in Accra this month

The Ghana Swimming Association is looking to use the recent Africa Zone Two Swimming and Open Water Championships in Accra and next year’s Africa Zone Two Junior Championships as preparation for the 2023 African Games in Ghana.

Following a successful organisation of the African Zone 2 Senior Swimming early this month, Ghana was awarded the 2021 Africa Zone 2 Junior Championship. And for Farida Idriss, Treasurer of the Ghana Swimming Association (GSA), the two continental competitions would be an important part of the country’s effort and preparation towards hosting a successful 2023 African Games.

She told the Graphic Sports that such competitions provided an opportunity for the association to assess its prepreparedness and evaluate the performance of Ghanaian swimmers ahead of the 2023 African Games.

Mrs Idriss was optimistic that the hosting rights won by Ghana was an opportunity for the National Sports Authority, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Local Organisation Committee (LOC) to test the readiness of facilities, including accommodation and security, put in place towards the upcoming African Games.

“Ghana will host the 2023 African Games, so hosting the swimming championships is a big opportunity for the country to analyse our preparation and measures the organisers are putting in place.

“It is also an opportunity for the organisers to identify their strength and weakness and work on them to ensure a memorable hosting of the 2023 African Games,” she told the Graphic Sports.

Mrs Idriss explained also that the two competitions would help the (GSA) to assess the capabilities of Ghanaian swimmers to enable them to allocate the needed resources and for selection to the FINA Development Centre at Dakar for further development for the African Games.