The Minister of Youth and Sports, Maj (rtd) Dr. Mustapha Ahmed has lauded the efforts of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) and the West Africa Mission (WAM) Taekwondo Academy for promoting Taekwondo in Ghana.
At the closing ceremony of the maiden Taekwondo Coaching License course organised by the GTF at the new Taekwondo gymnasium of the WAM Taekwondo Academy in Community 25, Tema, on Sunday, Dr. Mustapha Ahmed observed that it was important to train and license coaches to ensure the safety, discipline and high-level skills that are required for combat
sports such as Taekwondo.
The minister also called on philanthropists to emulate WAM to support the development of sports in Ghana.
He said that the time has come for private organizations to partner government in promoting sports.
Five presidents of other sport associations joined their Taekwondo counterpart, Mr. Frederick L. Otu, with solidarity messages.
The Taekwondo president explained that the week-long coaching license course would continue every six months to rope in all Taekwondo teachers until the end of 2016 after which only
licensed coaches would be sanctioned to teach the sport in Ghana.
In all, 24 coaches with only one female successfully went through the course and were awarded the license.
The chief course instructor and managing instructor of the WAM Taekwondo Academy, Grandmaster Sung Tai Kim, invited Ghanaians to practice Taekwondo for socio-economic development.
He also assured Taekwondo practitioners that the WAM Taekwondo Academy’s doors were wide open to all.