The Economic Community of West African Games (ECOWAS Games) whose first edition was held in Abuja, Nigeria in September, 2010 is to remain a competition for the Under-23 in the region.
Each Sports Federation will however be allowed to set the age within the approved limit for each of the sports disciplines.
This was one of the recommendations of the meeting of Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the 2010 ECOWAS Games held in Abuja, May 10, 2011. Other recommendations made by the meeting are that with effect from the 2012 Games in Ghana, a data base for athletes will be created while the technical organization and criteria for organization will be handled by each sports federation for each sports discipline with possible penalties for defaulting countries or athletes.
The meeting also recommended that the ECOWAS passport, ECOWAS Travel Certificate or National Passports be used by participants.
The meeting also advised host countries to ensure that accommodation sites are not too far from competition venues and to ensure that feeding for athletes is in conformity with international standards.
It also recommended that host countries should ensure effective transportation in line with Games Regulations.
As contained in the recommendations, Sports Federations will propose referees and officials in line with international standards while supervisors are to drawn from the continent.