Cricket is due to feature at the 2023 African Games in Ghana ©Getty Images

Arm wrestling, rugby union and cricket are due to make African Games debuts at Accra 2023.

Organisers have approved a 23-sport programme, with teqball the sole demonstration sport to take the total to 24.

Of the main 23, arm wrestling, cricket and rugby union are the debutants.

Squash, netball and hockey all return after not featuring in Rabat in 2019.

Accra 2023 said that interest from continental governing bodies, available facilities in Accra, athlete quotas and how Ghanaian and African athletes and teams have fared in qualifying for major international competitions all factored into the decision-making process on the sports programme.

Rugby sevens and T20 cricket would appear the most likely disciplines to appear at Accra 2023, given they have also feature at other prominent multi-sport events, including the Olympics in the case of rugby sevens and the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in the case of 20-over cricket.

The full sport programme for Accra 2023 has been revealed ©Accra2023
The full sport programme for Accra 2023 has been revealed ©Accra2023

Arm wrestling is due to feature at the next World Combat Games.

The World Armwrestling Federation, founded in 1977, has nine African members and is itself a member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations, although the umbrella organisation is set to be disbanded this year.

The sports which complete the Accra 2023 programme are athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, cycling, fencing, football, handball, judo, karate, swimming, table tennis, tennis, taekwondo and weightlifting.

August 2023 has been identified as the most likely window for the next edition of the African Games.

Ghana has never staged the event before, with capital Accra and the surrounding area set to take centre stage.