Preparations are in full swing for next year's African Games, which are set to be hosted in Ghana for the first time ©Accra 2023

Ghana's Youth and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif and Algerian Ambassador Ali Redjel have pledged that 2023 African Games organisers in Accra will take part in an "exchange of knowledge" with 2022 Mediterranean Games hosts Oran.

Ussif is set to travel to Algeria as part of the agreement which will include exchange training courses.

Building work has begun in Accra on a new Aquatics Centre which is set to be one of the showpiece venues for next year’s event in the Ghanaian capital.

The centre will feature a ten lane swimming pool for the Games which are scheduled for August 2023.

Work has also begun on two new multipurpose halls to be used for basketball, boxing and badminton at "Olympics Village" in Borteyman, a suburb of Accra.

"The facility will later be converted to a university of sports to develop talent after the Games," Ussif said.

The University of Ghana Sports Stadium is also undergoing a facelift to be ready for the Games.

Organisers of the 2023 African Games are set to meet their counterparts at the 2022 Mediterranean Games for an
Organisers of the 2023 African Games are set to meet their counterparts at the 2022 Mediterranean Games for an "exchange of knowledge" ©Getty Images

The Athletes Village is set to be located at the International Students' Hostel in the university.

The work is set to be part of a $200 million (£150 million/€181 million) investment by the Ghanaian Government to bring the accommodation up to five star standard.

Accra was named as host city of the African Games for the first time in 2018, although the official protocol agreement was not signed until last October.

Progress has been overshadowed by an ownership dispute involving the African Union, Association of African Sports Confederations and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

The Games which invite participants to "Experience the African Dream", are set to feature 25 sports including cricket, teqball, arm wrestling and chess.

Some 5,000 athletes from 55 nations are expected to take part.

The African Games were first held in 1965 but staged only sporadically until 1987.

Since then, they have been staged on a regular four-year cycle.