I am very happy to be here this evening to take part in the opening ceremony of this magnificent Sports stadium; the completion of which marks yet another milestone in our efforts — to re-organise sports in Ghana.
I join with others in expressing the appreciation of the people of Ghana to the United- Africa Company for the contribution which they have made towards the building of this Sports stadium.
This stadium, together with its sister stadium in Accra, represents the outward and visible sign of the desire and determination of our people to be numbered among the best in the world of sport. I cherish the hope that this stadium will contribute in no small measure towards the achievement of this goal.
The Convention People’s Party and my government have always been eager to encourage sports amongst the youth of Ghana. Not only can sports contribute towards the development of our nation and improve the physical fitness of our young men and women, but they can also play a great part in the development of unity and understanding between the regions of Ghana.
Sports, like art, culture and science, have no territorial boundaries. In the light of this they have another and even more important role to play in present-day Africa. Through international competitions with other African States, sports can provide that necessary basis of mutual understanding which can so greatly assist the realisation of our ideal of unity in Africa.
The youth of Africa, by meeting together in the field of sport in one another’s countries, will learn what our elders were prevented from learning — that all Africans are brothers with a common destiny. When, therefore, progress towards the attainment of African unity is made at the political and economic level, one can hope that interchange of sports and cultural activities would have made its influence felt in the creation of a healthy atmosphere for African unity and independence.
It is for this reason that I donated the gold cup for the West African football competition, a trial phase of which has recently ended. It is for this reason also that I, as a citizen of Africa, announced my intention to promote an African Olympiad at which athletes from all parts of this continent, as well as athletes of African descent from all over the world, will lay the foundation of a new movement to bring all Africa together in the field of sports. I intend to make proposals to the government for the immediate creation of the machinery for promoting this great Venture.
And now, to return to the Kumasi Sports Stadium. You are all aware of the circumstances which prevented His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh from opening this stadium during his recent and memorable visit to Ghana. I naturally regret that he is unable to be here in person this evening. However, the wonders of science are such that I am able, with great pleasure, to call upon him to throw his voice through space to declare the Kumasi Sports Stadium open.