The Republic of Korea Ambassador to Ghana, HE Lyeo Woon-Ki, says that golf has an enormous potential to sell Ghana to the outside world, even though the sport is under-developed in the country.
“Golf is still under-developed in Ghana but I think it has a bright future to advertise the country though there is a lot to be done.
“At least, the Achimota Golf Club is gradually catching up with the rest of the world and I hope government and the public sector will help raise the other clubs to an appreciable or international standard,” said HE Woon-Ki.
Speaking to the media at the weekend at his Cantonment office in Accra, he stressed that so far it is the refurbished Achimota Golf Club that meets international standard and has therefore called on government and corporate Ghana to pull the other Clubs along the same line.
Mr. Woon-Ki featured prominently in the MOBA-SANTA annual golf competition at the Achimota Club a few weeks ago.
According to him, combining sports and a ambassadorial activity is no mean a task, “but my love for sports particularly golf and football makes me more effective in my administrative activities at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.”
Characteristically, the nature of his job has sent him to manycountries where he has played key roles in the game of golf including Ireland – the home of golf.
Although Ghana ranks lowest in golf in all the countries he has worked as an envoy, his association with the sport in his close-to-a-year stay in the country shows that given the needed push, golf will take Ghana to places.
Aside the many medals and trophies he has lifted in major and minor golf competitions, the Korean Ambassador too is a key midfielder of the Foreign Mission Football team, back home (South Korea).
He is married to Yeonhee Chang Lyeo with whom he has two children namely Joon-Ku Lyeo, a top security expert at the Emory University, Business School, Atlanta USA and Lydia Kyungon of the Iwha Women’s University Pharmacy School.
By Times Sports Reporter