Sports Ministry pledges $10,000 to weightlifting association

  The weightlifting team and officials with the minister and other officials of the ministry

The weightlifting team and officials with the minister and other officials of the ministry

The Minister for Youth and Sports has pledged to give the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) $10,000 after four athletes secured qualification to the next Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The weightlifting team also won six medals at the recently-held Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Uganda and placed third out of 12 teams at the competition.
This was disclosed when the team presented their medals to the minister and also called for support in subsequent competitions.
According to the minister, the gesture was aimed at supporting the team as they prepare for other competitions and also motivate other federations to make the nation proud at international competitions.
“This is a fantastic achievement that must be celebrated and the team has demonstrated that they could win laurels if they are provided the needed funds,” he stated.
He also acknowledged the effort of the president of the GWF, Ben Nunoo Mensah, adding that his leadership skills have turned around the fortunes of the sport in the country.
Government, he said, would begin a Youth in Sports Internship programme which will provide the opportunity for over 5,000 young talents to be trained while they receive some allowances at the end of every month.
The initiative, under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), he said would serve as an opportunity for the youth to be gainfully employed and make the nation worth dying for.
President of the GWF who doubles as the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) boss, expressed appreciation to the minister for his support ahead of the competition and the current pledge which serves as huge motivation to the team.
“This is the first time GWF has received such support from the ministry over the years and we will make sure we make the nation proud,” he stated.
Some of the athletes who participated in the competition and won medals include, David Acquaye, Richmond Sarfo and Christian Amoah.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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