Scrabble has been confirmed by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2023 African Games as one of the sports which will feature at the postponed Games in Ghana next March.
The mindgame which has been included will now feature as a Demonstration Sports when the Games commence in Legon from March 8-23 next year.
Demonstration Sports are competed for without a medal.
The nod from the LOC came after a last minute push by the Pan African Scrabble Association (PANASA) during the Dr Winifred Awosika African Youth Scrabble Championship Trophy Tour in May.
The approval from the LOC chaired by Dr Kwaku Ofosu Asare covers both the French and English-speaking scrabble playing countries.
An elated President of PANASA Adekoyejo Adegbesan who broke the news to the media, appreciated the solid efforts of Ghana’s Minister of Sports Hon. Mustapha Ussif in making the inclusion of scrabble into Africa’s Olympics a reality.
He also commended the Scrabble Association of Ghana (SCAG) President Haruna Adamu and the Secretary, Christie Ashley for their strategic contributions to this cheering development.
He however, revealed that the PANASA would work hand-in-hand with the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) on a bid at getting the sport into the Commonwealth Games.
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