Ghanaian Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif was full of praise for the four-day training programme in preparation for the African Para Games ©National Service Scheme

Ghanaian Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif believes the recent four-day sports training programme held in Accra has been key to preparing technical officials before the staging of the first African Para Games.

Anticipation is building in the Ghanaian capital ahead of the inaugural edition, scheduled to be held from September 3 to 12.

A training programme aiming at improving the technical aspects of sports on the programme was held in Accra last week in preparation for the Games.

More than 100 people from 15 African countries attended the course which was run by the African Paralympic Committee and the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana.

World Para Powerlifting and World ParaVolley also reportedly supported the running of the event.

Ussif attended the opening day of the programme where he praised organisers for putting on the event to help with preparations for the African Para Games.

The African Paralympic Committee staged a training programme to develop Para sports in Accra ©African Para Games
The African Paralympic Committee staged a training programme to develop Para sports in Accra ©African Para Games

"As you know, in a few months the Republic of Ghana will host the rest of Africa in the first African Para Games - Accra 2023 - the first of its kind in Africa," said Ussif, as reported by Modern Ghana.

"I am not surprised that Ghana was chosen to host this technical training, thus helping train and prepare various technical personnel for the Games.

"I commend the organisers for this decision.

"I wish on behalf of the President, the Government and the good people of the Republic of Ghana to invite you all, and I look forward to seeing you again."

Representatives from Seychelles, Togo, Benin, Mali, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Senegal, The Gambia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Ghana all took part in the programme.

Athletics, powerlifting, taekwondo, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, goalball, sitting volleyball, and blind football are all due to be contested at the Games.