The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah, has called for closer collaboration between the Government of Ghana and the Japan Embassy in Accra towards Ghana’s successful participation at the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Japan.
He made the call on Wednesday when the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno visited him to discuss the games and the good relations the two entities had enjoyed in the past.
According to the Minister, the Japanese Ambassador could support Ghana’s participation by urging Japanese companies to assist the various national teams and officials to make the trip.
Mr Asiamah asked Mr Himeno to support the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to complete the Amasaman Project which would serve as a huge legacy to the Japanese Government.
“Tokyo 2020 is getting closer and we would look forward to a smooth collaboration between Ghana and Japan to have a very smooth competition,” he stated.
Ghana, he said, was looking forward to winning medals at the competition and would require good training and environment to achieve the desired results.
“A delegation would be sent to Japan in May, to inspect Ghana’s camp at the games village in Inawashiro to ensure that everything was in place ahead of the competition,” he stated.
The Minister praised the Japanese outfit for their support for sports development in the country which included putting up a baseball pitch at the Labone Senior High School and other initiatives.
Responding, the Ambassador was pleased with the existing relationship between the two countries and pledged to support Ghana as far as participation in the Olympic Games is concerned.
“The country is preparing to host an excellent competition and we are certain that Ghana would have a very smooth competition,” he stated.
He urged the Ghanaian authorities to continue with preparation for the competition to present formidable athletes.
The GOC president, Mr Nunoo Mensah said, collaboration between the outfit and the ministry in ensuring a successful Olympic participation has been tremendous and would help in Ghana’s medal ambition.
The GOC, he said, has been extremely proactive in the quest for Ghana to win gold at the games and the ministry has been very supportive.
Other dignitaries present at the meeting include Deputy Sports Minister, Mr Perry Okudzeto; Mr Owusu Ansah of the Sports Ministry; GOC Deputy Secretary, Rev. Quarcoo and president of Ghana Baseball, Albert Mensah.
BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE