Italian great Roberto Baggio coming to Ghana
By Ameenu Shardow
Italian legend Roberto Baggio will be one of several high profile personalities expected for the Peace tournament in Ghana.
The charity tourney, an initiative of the Organisation for African Development (OAD) is aimed at promoting peace while boosting agriculture in Africa.
The tournament kicks off in Accra on May 26 and will be played across a period of five weeks at three different venues in order to accommodate the five categories it is divided into.
The categories include;
1. Political Organisations – where political parties recognized by the Electoral Commission of Ghana will play games against each other and will later assemble a joint team to battle the Black Stars.
2. Regional – where teams will be raised from the ten regions of Ghana to battle each other.
3. Women – where women from diverse backgrounds such as farmers, traders, politicians and from the corporate environment come together to compete.
4. Children – here, 16 teams from various orphanages will be raised to compete against each other.
5. Amputee – where the national amputee team of Ghana will come up against their Liberian counterparts.
The tournament endorsed by various international organizations including the United Nations division for peace and agriculture will be sending its special envoy Roberto Baggio as its representative.
Former American track and field athlete Carl Lewis who won nine Olympic gold medals is also expected in the country.
The tournament comes at an opportune time especially for Ghana when tension seems to be mounting ahead of December 7 general elections.