The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha, has supported a call for the nation to build a modern indoor sporting facility for sporting disciplines. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of a 10–day Ghana Olympic Committee and Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for taekwondo coaches at the WAM Academy in Accra.
The WAM Academy Hall-which was constructed by Korean missionaries for the Ghana Taekwondo Federation-hosted the 20 coaches drawn from the nine regions of the country during the capacity building training programme.
The coaches benefitted from the training course which was the first of its kind in the country for taekwondo coaches since 2000.
The course provided both practical and theory based learning opportunities to participants while refreshing their knowledge.
“I support the GOC Secretary General’s call for us to build a multi-purpose hall. Not only one, but in every district and community in the country so that the various disciplines can have a place to develop their talents.
“Can you imagine if the over 170 districts all had indoor facilities? We will continue to work with federations to develop talents.
“We have less funded sports. Let’s think together about how we can fund all the disciplines.
The Secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee Richard Akpokavie said Ghana needs to build a multi-purpose hall to accommodate the needs of some major sporting disciplines.
“Let me reiterate something we have been emphasizing for the past three years, that as a matter of urgency, we need to construct a multi sports Hall to cater for all the combat sports like taekwondo and indoor games like table tennis, handball, volleyball, basketball, etc.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation Fred Otu urged the course participants to spread knowledge gained from the course to the grassroots.
“I trust that the ten-day course has fostered unity among you the participants and raised your level of expertise in coaching. I hereby declare you taekwondo missionaries and I urge you to work hard and spread the art in the regions.
By Times Sports Reporter