MR SAKA Acquaye, Chief Sports Development Officer (CSDO) of the National Sports Authority (NSA) has disclosed that funds have been secured for athletes’ preparation for the upcoming All Africa Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville.
This come as a good news for the athletes whose participation at the continental multi sports fiesta have remain undecided following initial concerns about the country’s ability to raise funds for the game.
Addressing athletes at the third National Circuit Athletics Championship held at the Elwak Stadium on Saturday, Mr. Acquaye, who was flanked by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha and his Deputy, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, assured the athletes that they would be supported by the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) in their preparation for the Games.
“I want to inform you that we have received funding for non-residential training and camping of those that would be selected after your Circuits end. That is the good new we have for you and we expect you to train harder to make Ghana proud at the Games.”
“The GAA will therefore make the funds available to take care of your needs during this period of training and non residential camping.”
According to the CSDO, the nation was prepared to present a strong and formidable team to make an impact at the Games and not one that would just add to the numbers.
In line with this, the sector minister, Dr. Mustapha urged the GAA to work hard to bring back the glory days of athletics, adding that, ‘it is important that you work extremely hard to ensure that some of the glorious memories people had about athletics is reignited so that when we have events like this, every space at the stadium will be filled.’
He urged the media and other stakeholders to continue to play their roles in returning the sport to its celebrated days as well as sports in its generality.
He also commended the GAA for holding the championship which he said gives the GAA THE opportunity to identify some of its shortfalls.
“It also creates a platform for new and emerging talents while the notable ones also seek to put up improved performances.”
Dr. Mustapha said the Ministry was ready to partner stakeholders including the media, sponsors and individuals to dialogue on the way forward for the development and promotion of Ghana sports.
The GAA president, Prof. Francis Dodoo commended the athletes for the performance and explained that those who excel would accrue points which will determine whether they will qualify for the finals or not.
By Andrew Nortey