DEPUTY Minister of Youth and Sports Vincent Oppong Asamoah has called the bluff of the various Association Presidents amidst their decision to boycott the upcoming All African Games due to lack of funds.
The deputy minister is of the opinion that the Ministry of Youth and Sports for now is not in a position to release funds to cater for the budget for the All African Games.
The Deputy minister has suggested that the various Association Presidents pre- finance the budget for the All African Games or forget about participating at the competition.
“For now the Ministry of Youth and Sports is cash-strapped and we want to appeal to the Association Presidents to pre-finance their budget so that government will take care of it in the near future”.
“We are all aware of the problems confronting this country, it is sad that we cannot help for now, maybe some months ahead but as at now the ministry is not in that financial position to help”.
These comments by the deputy Minister of Youth and Sports will be unwelcoming news for the various Association Presidents who have agreed to boycott the upcoming All African Games in Congo later this year.
Meanwhile, The Ghana Karate-Do Association (GKA) in conjunction with the National Sports Authority (SPA), has held the 2015 National Karate Championships to select a senior team to represent Ghana at the All Africa Games in September.
The championships were in two sessions eliminations and final sessions in the event/weight categories: Female Individual Kata, Female Individual Kumite.
The open-Weight Category;Male Individual Kata Male and Male Individual Kumite were: 60kg -67kg, -75kg, -84kg, and+ 84kg.
The different event/weight categories and list of winners were: Female Kata 1st Gold- Humu Yussif, Male Kata: Noah Teyvi; Gold, Edmund Amoako Asante; Silver, Issah Osman; Bronze, Adnan Basha; Bronze.
The rest were: Female Kumite; Open- Weight: Nardia Sackey Gold, Humu Yussif; Silver.
Male Kumite 60Kg: Dickson Acolatse; Gold, David Dong; Siler, Ishark Ibrahim; Bronze, Richard Bangya; Bronze.
Male Kumite 67Kg: Bright Tetteh; Gold, Edmund Amoako Asante; Silver, Kingsford Dabo; Bronze, Nurudeen Abubakari; Bronze.
Male Kumite 75kg: Patrick Amakye; Gold,:Emmanuel Agyei; Silver, Nasiru Alhassan; Bronze, Adnan Basha; Bronze.
Male Kumite 84kg: Muniru Salifu; Gold, John Ansah; Silver, Ernest Agooji; Bronze, John Sackey; Bronze.
Male Kumite +84kg: Samuel Obeng; Gold, Isaac Acheampong; Silver, Felix Annan; Bronze, Kojo Saint Omer; Bronze.
The event which was held at the Sports Hall of the National Sports Authority, Accra was jointly sponsored by Margins Group of Companies and Reha Medicals.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion include, Mr Melvin Brown, President of GKA, Mr Osei Agyim, Director of Sports at the Ministry of Sports, who represented the Minster of Sports.