LOC to organise Sallah Games for Muslim communities

BY: Kwame Larweh
Dr Kwaku Ofosu Asare - Chairman of the LOC
Dr Kwaku Ofosu Asare - Chairman of the LOC

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the African Games will organise a two-day sports festival for eight Muslim communities in the Greater Accra Region in honour the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu.

Dubbed 'Sallah Games', the competition will take place at the end of the Ramadan and is also aimed at creating awareness about the upcoming African Games in Ghana next year.

Participating Muslim communities are Sukura, Madina, Fadama, Cow-Lane, Mamobi,  New Town and Nima.

The Executive Chairman of the LOC, Dr Kwaku Ofosu-Asare, made the disclosure yesterday when he led a delegation of the LOC board to pay a courtesy call on the National Chief Imam at Fadama in Accra.

Dr Ofosu-Asare briefed Sheikh Sharabutu about Ghana's preparations to host the continental showpiece for the first time since its inception in 1965.

"After the African Games which we are expecting 5000 athletes and 2000 officials, the facilities used for the games will be transformed into the University for Sports Development," he revealed.

The LOC boss stated that the African Games would open opportunities for the business community and enhance tourism in the country while improving upon the existing infrastructure of the country.

He noted also that the Muslim community would play a pivotal role in organising the games hence the need to involve the highest authority into the organisation of the event.

The Chief Imam after praying for the board lauded them for their work for the nation and stressed the importance of such events as they help to bring about unity and oneness in society.

Shekh Sharabutu pledged his full support for the Sallah Games and promised to be present when the competition comes off at the Fadama Astro Turf Park in Accra.