The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports (MoYS), Mr. Vincent Oppong Asamoah, has constituted a five-member committee to solicit for funds to enable Ghana host the sixth edition of the West Africa Deaf Tournament.
The committee was formed when executives of the Ghana Deaf Football Association (GDFA) called on the Deputy Minister on Monday at the Sports Ministry to seek approval and support towards the hosting and organisation of the tournament.
Mr. Oppong Asamoah noted that it would be the duty of the members of the committee to identify corporate institutions as well as finding other means through which funds can be raised to support the GDFA.
The five-member committee is made up of Mr. Ignatius Elletey- Secretary General of the National Paralympic Committee, Mr. Kingsley Asah -Vice Secretary General of GDFA, Mr. Ransford Lartey – Public Relations Officer of GDFA, Mr. Johnson Mahama – president of GDFA, the Deputy Director of Sports and the Public Relations Officer of the MoYS.
Mr. Oppong Asamoah was of the view that ‘the main focus of sport is to win medals, so if we have a sporting discipline that can help get medals for Ghana then its important to promote it. Promoting that sport will go a long way to promote Ghana on the world map. This is why we would be putting things together to make sure Ghana hosts that tournament’.
“I must say that the deaf football team has done exceptionally well; with virtually no support they went all the way to Togo to raise the flag of Ghana by winning the coveted trophy last year. This is the reason why we need to do all we can to make sure Ghana host the tournament.
“Hosting the tournament in Ghana would be the best avenue to promote the players and the sport in Ghana, that way others would come on board to support its growth and development.”
The minister called on the association to coordinate activities with the Sports Ministry to ensure the needed support is given them.
On his part, the vice Secretary General of GDFA, Mr. Kingsley Asah, lauded the minister for his dedication to the development of the deaf football team and called on him to ensure Ghana gets the go ahead to host the tournament.
Ghana is looking forward to hosting the rest of Africa for the tournament in June this year.