Bishop Cornelius Adjah Cofie, President of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), Ghana, has said that para-sports in Ghana is still confronted with countless challenges, despite the significant progress made over the years.
“We are still confronted with unfriendly infrastructure, lack of equipment for preparations towards international events and non-payment of per diems and allowances to athletes who excelled at international competitions.
“I wish to put on record that we still owe our athletes outstanding bills with regards to some engagements in 2013”.
Bishop Adjah Cofie made these remarks during the celebration of the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disability in Accra.
He called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to take up the matter and help the NPC to deal with the challenges confronting para-sports in Ghana.
According to the Bishop, his outfit has over the years used sports to activate self-esteem and showcase the abilities of people with disabilities hence their enviable record at major international events such as the All Africa Games, where disable athletes have won a total of 19 medals since 2003 and one at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
“Sports by far has proven to be a very strong tool and unique platform for the inclusion of persons with disability in our society, where other sectors have failed,” he added.
He commended the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), the Australia High Commission and, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) for supporting the celebration of the International Day of Disability (IDD).