Ivory Coast inaugurated Saturday its new 60,000-seat Olympic stadium, built with the help of China, in Ebimpe, on the outskirts of Abidjan, in preparation for the African Cup of Nations soccer in 2023.
The ceremony, with a great show of dance and music, took place in the presence of 50,000 people, according to the organizers – including Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, who is seeking a controversial third term in the October 31 presidential election.
The president said he was “proud and happy of this Sino-Ivorian cooperation” for “this architectural jewel”.
The Ebimpe stadium will be the largest in Ivory Coast, replacing the Houphouët-Boigny stadium located in the centre of Abidjan. (Vanguard)