Ghana’s Tokyo 2020 participation to be scrutinised

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye - Youth & Sports Minister

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye – Youth & Sports Minister

The Minister for Youth and Sports (MoYS), Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has hinted on the formation of a five-member committee to do a comparative analysis of Ghana’s participation in the next Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

The reason for this would be to critically analyse Ghana’s strengths and weaknesses and make an informed choice of which disciplines are given the nod to send representatives.

Mr. Vanderpuye said this at the launch of the 10th edition of the Aspire Football Dreams Ghana annual events aimed at scouting and identifying sports talents under the age of 13 years at the British Council auditorium.

After congratulating Aspire Ghana for its effort in taking juvenile football to the next level, the Sports Minister said the five-man committee will delve into Ghana’s participation in the Japan 2020 Olympics in a bid to halt a repeat of Ghana’s experience at the Brazil 2016 Games.

“We are going to target disciplines for the Japan 2020 Olympics that can fetch us some laurels. We’ll have to concentrate on disciplines that can win us medals at the Olympics and move away from the wholesale presentations,” he added.

The Minister said ace broadcaster, Dr. Kweku Ofosu-Asare will chair the committee.

Capt. Andy Sam, the Country Director of Aspire Football Dream said, the effort of his outfit deserves to be celebrated following the years of hard works of coaches, coordinators, young players and volunteers.

He said Ghana’s contribution to Aspire Football Dreams is exceptional due to the quality of footballers scouted, adding that, ‘this achievement needed to be commended and celebrated.’

Capt. Sam disclosed that five Ghanaian youngsters were selected last season when other countries were supposed to provide a player each for a football project in Doha, Qatar.

Registration for the 10th edition has started with the first and second phases of selection for players under the age of 13 years to take place in 86 centers across the country between September 24 and October 7.

Camping for the final 50 will be between October 11 and 14 within which Ghana’s representatives for the next Aspire Football Dreams international programme will be selected.

Aspire Football Dreams is a fascinating and unique scouting project aimed at identifying the future talents of football. It provides thousands of 13-year olds the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in order to become professional footballers.

By William Fiifi Sey

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