32nd Inter-regional Basic Schools Sports Festival opens

The Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr. Jacob A.M Kor has lauded the partnership between HFC Bank and GES to unearth sporting talents for the country.

The three year sponsorship deal by the HFC Bank with initial capital of GH¢125,000, he noted will help revive the defunct basic school festival which produces talent for the country over the years.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 32nd inter-regional basic schools sports festival in Sunyani over the weekend, Mr. Kor noted that Ghana’s poor showing at the just ended Olympics Games in Rio was partly due to lack of finance to adequately support the nation’s athletes for the games.

He therefore appealed to the corporate world to emulate HFC Bank in supporting Ghana’s athletes to ensure that the next Olympics would be a success.

The Managing Director HFC Bank Limited, Mr. Robert Le Hunte pledged the commitment of his outfit in sponsoring the youth athletics festival for the next three years for the country.

This, he said, will help to groom and develop potential athletes who will be capable of bringing medals from the next Olympic Games slated in Tokyo-Japan in 2020.

He explained that, “For us sponsoring this festival did not require much thoughts as it falls in line with our bank’s corporate social responsibility effort and vision of building successful communities” he pointed out.

On the next Olympics, he urged authorities to ensure all efforts are spent on focusing on adequate preparations, adding, “Let it not be said again that Ghana went to Olympics and did not even make it through the qualifying stages. We must go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and come back with at least one gold medal” he emphasised.

Mr. Hunte urged parents and the governments to encourage young men and women to see the need to take up sports saying most parents are reluctant to let their children participate in sports because they fear it will be at the expense of their education.

This poor attitude, he observed, has affected the development of our sporting culture in the country.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani

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