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Banten Stadium in Indonesia, falsely ascribed to Accra’s new stadium

Claim: A Facebook user, Okyeman Ba Kwame II, claimed that a new stadium had been constructed to host the All African Games in Accra, Ghana. 

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Verdict:  False! A Google Reverse Image Search indicates that the stadium in the post is Banten International Stadium, located in Serang, Indonesia.

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The All African Games was established to promote sporting and cultural exchanges between African Union member states. It is organised to hold  a year before the Olympic Games, once every four years.

The 13th edition of the All African Games is expected to be held in Ghana from the 8th to the 23rd of March 2024. This will feature continental multi-sport events.

A Facebook user, Okyeman Ba Kwame II, posted that a new stadium had been constructed in Accra to host the All-African Games. 

DUBAWA decided to investigate this claim because of its potential to misinform in the coming sporting season ahead.

Verification 

The Local Organising Committee of Ghana selected three cities to host the All African Games. Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast were scheduled to host various sporting events. However, the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) kicked against the decision, preferring that the games occur in one city according to the previous tradition. Accra was then selected.

In Accra, the University of Ghana Sports Stadium, the Accra Sports Stadium, the Achimota Cricket and Golf Club, and Borteyman Sports Complex are the venues earmarked.

Except for the Borteyman Sports Complex, all the selected venues are existing facilities that have been renovated, expanded, or upgraded to host the games. The new Borteyman Sports Complex is located in Kpone Katamanso District in the Greater Accra Region. It is estimated at $140 million.

A collage of photos of the new Borteyman Sports Complex by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The Borteyman sports complex will host most indoor games. It is still under construction and yet to be handed over or inaugurated for the games. 

Also, DUBAWA conducted a Google Reverse Image Search to ascertain whether the image in the Facebook post is the new sports facility/stadium built in Accra.

Findings reveal that the stadium in the post is the Banten International Stadium in Serang, Indonesia. It is a 30,038-seater stadium that was opened in May 2022.

Find other publications on the opening of the Banten International Stadium here, here, and here.

Conclusion 

Findings reveal that the stadium in the Facebook post is Banten International Stadium in Indonesia, not a new stadium in Ghana.

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