MoYS to groom athletes with focus on Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Nii Lantey VanderpuyeThe Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) has vowed to preside over a more formidable team to represent Ghana at the next Olympic Games to be held in the Japanese city of Tokyo in 2020.

Consequently, it has announced the institution of a national camping programme that will see young athletes assembled to start early preparation for the Games.

Addressing guests at the Milo Marathon held on Wednesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye disclosed that runners between the ages of 12 and 16 will be camped at the National Sports College (NSC) in Winneba to form the nucleus of an athletic team for the future.

That move, he explained, was intended to select a very good athletics team centered around the youth to be groomed to compete at bigger platforms with special focus on the Japan 2020 Olympic Games.

Unlike the past where preparations start very late in a season, Mr. Vanderpuye stressed that the Ministry was bent on ensuring that preparation for the next Games start in early enough.

“The athletes would be managed and prepared exclusively for the competition and Ghana would surely make a mark in Japan,” he stated.

He said Ghana abounds in a lot of talents with events like the marathon bringing some to the limelight but what the country lacks, he said, is adequate and long term preparation, adding that, the ministry has already taken steps to ensure that the country prepares well for 2020.

He also called on stakeholders’ especially corporate Ghana to come on board to ensure that Ghana wins laurels in subsequent competitions.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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