2 companies support Black Cranes

Coach of Black Cranes (2nd left) receiving the cheque from a staff of Star Assurance while GWF President Mr Nunoo Mensah (left) and Mr Ocran (right) look onThe national weightlifting team, Black Cranes has received financial assistance from two institutions to participate in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and Commonwealth Championships in Malaysia.

The two are Star Assurance and the McDan Group of Companies.

Star Assurance presented a cheque for GH¢12,000 with the McDan Group presenting the team with a cedi equivalent of US$1,000 to support the team for the competition.

The Deputy Managing Director of Star Assurance, Mr. Samuel Ocran said the support was in line with his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He added that it is now a known fact that government alone cannot fund the development of sports, therefore, it was time the corporate world came to support government in that vein.

President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah, thanked the companies for the gesture, saying, it will go a long way to affect the growth of the sport and help the athletes realise their dreams.

In a related development, Asa Savings and Loans has also presented a cheque for GH¢5,000 in support of the team’s participation in the Malaysia competition.

Managing Director of the company, Mohammed Aourcongjeb said this was a start to a future collaboration between the two bodies, adding they were delighted to be part of the success story of the Black Cranes.

The Black Cranes are due to represent Ghana at two international competitions in Penang, Malaysia from today, to October 29, 2016 with a contingent of six athletes, three technical staff, two officials and a journalist.

The competitions are the IWF Youth World Championship and the Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Championships.

A total budget of about USD$67,000 was sent to the Sports Ministry through the National Sports Authority (NSA) last month but as of last Friday, there was no response from the ministry despite the minister’s promise to help.

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