Mr. Daniel Nii Mensah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company made the pledge at a soiree to to celebrate four para-athletes that won medals at the 13th edition of OCC Para-marathon in Johannesburg , South Africa this year.
Mr. Mensah mentioned that, there is a bit of imbalance when it comes to the support given to disabled sports by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA); hence its labeling as ‘least financed sports’.
He said due to the little or no attention from government, YAK-DAN has decided to join forces with the NSA to broaden its scope by identifying and harnessing talents as well as growing the sport.
Yak-Dan, he said would provide accommodation for the athletes, offer education and provide employment opportunities as well as secure scholarships for athletes who perform well in their education.
On his part, the president of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Cornelius Adja Coffie commended the athletes for the success chalked and urged them to keep the spirit of hard work.
He said the NPC has lined up competitions like the Berlin Olympics, Rio 2016 and other international tournaments to stage appearances but bemoaned that ‘our efforts have always been hampered by lack of funds.’
The Chief Development Officer at the NSA Mr. Saka Acquaye promised to work hard to get new wheelchairs for the athletes that would be participating at the All African Games.
Athletes that won medals at the OCC Para marathon were McClean Atsu Dzidzienyo, Yakubu Abukari, Ayisha Seidu and Botsio Nkegbe.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu