Government has been urged to invest in sports infrastructure to aid the development and nurturing of raw budding talents into international athletes.
Founder of Giants of Africa, an NGO in the promotion and development of Basketball in Africa, Masai Ujiri made the call at the end of a 3-day basketball camp conducted for 50 carefully selected kids across the country between the ages of 15 to 18 years at the Lincoln Community School over the weekend.
Masai Ujiri, who doubles as the president and General Manager of Toronto Raptors said Ghana is the envy of a lot of countries when it comes to sporting talents but Ghana’s bane has been the lack of facilities to develop those talents.
According to him, it was evident the raw talents available can only be developed by world class facilities.
However, he lamented the absence of such national facilities to totally transform and polish the raw talents of these youngsters.
According to him, it is sad for a great sporting nation like Ghana not to have a single national basketball gym.
Ujiri urged the appropriate authorities to take a second look at the infrastructure side of sports because that is the surest way to make it to the top.
Sponsored by Ecobank, the second edition of the camp saw the selected kids being taken through the basic fundamentals of the game with focus on running, catching, footwork, shooting, team bonding and life skills education.
Masai Ujiri revealed that there are plans to pick the very best out of the participants outside to be trained further, depending on their progress, seriousness and discipline.
Giants of Africa which was founded in 2003 to make a difference for kids in Africa using basketball as a tool also made a trip to the Village of Hope orphanage where they donated some items to the kids.
By Raymond Ackumey