A GAMMA delegation led by President Alexander Engelhardt travelled to Accra in Ghana last weekend to attend the 1st Technical Meeting with representatives of the International Federations and Continental Bodies as preparations for the 13th African Games ramp up.

The purpose of the two-day meeting was to visit the proposed sports venues as well as the athlete’s village and discuss all the technical requirements needed. Delegates from the 30 sports present received presentations from the organisers for each functional area before each federation was given the opportunity to present their assessment to the organising committee at the end of the meeting.

The inclusion of MMA into the African Games is a milestone moment for the sport as this is the first time that it will feature at a multi-sport event which is an integral part of the Olympic family. The competition which will be under the authority of GAMMA and its National Member in Ghana, the Ghana Mixed Martial Arts Association, will surely be one of the most popular for spectators and sports leaders alike as the sport of MMA is experiencing significant growth across Africa.

Commenting on the visit, GAMMA President Alexander Engelhardt said, “We are extremely honoured to be part of the 13th African Games in Ghana. We can see all the work that is going into making these games a success and while there is still a lot to be done, I am sure that it will be a great spectacle of an event next March.”

The organisers are expecting 13’000 visitors to Ghana in March for the Games which will take place from 8 to 24 March. For more information visit the event website www.accra2023ag.com