The Vice President of Ghana Athletics Association in charge of Administration, Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, has made a passionate appeal to the government and corporate bodies to invest in track and field as it is the leading sports federation that has the potential to win medals at the upcoming Accra 2023.
The tournament which is the 13th African Games will be hosted in Ghana in August 2024.
Speaking at the end of year Press conference highlighting on the activities of Ghana Athletics, Asibey, a seasoned Sports journalist, expressed that a fraction of the amount invested in the Black Stars football game can help Ghanaian athletics to thrive.
“We are better than most nations when it comes to track & field, but the difference is they [their governments] put in a lot of funds into it and Ghana should emulate it” he said.
“We are creating a strategic partnership with the media to promote our sports so that we attract more sponsors and partners to meet our goals at the 2023 African in Ghana and 2024 Olympic Games to be hosted in Paris, France,” he added.
On his part, Mr. Bawah Fuseini, the President of Ghana Athletics Association who gave an overview of their programs in the last season and coming year emphasized that they can do better with the right investment and make Ghana regain its past glories in the revered sport.
He thanked all who have supported them in diverse way with their new democratic dispensation since 2009 which has seen them organsing four free and fair elections.
Mr Fuseini also commended the past administrations and congratulated the new executive members and sub committees including media, sponsorship and marketing, women’s commission, schools sports, welfare, medical, psychological, international relations and ethics.
Mr. Fuseini released plans of Ghana Athletics plus their targets for 2024, such as registration of athletes and clubs, building data base, organizing schools sports, encouraging student athletes, collaboration with SESSA, operating an open door administrative policy and getting ready for the African Games.
According to him, many technical officers have been trained for local and international Championships preceding the Games which they are seriously preparing for to put smiles on faces of Ghanaians come August next year.
Madam Fillipina Frimpong, the new CEO of Ghana Athletics also announced the calendar for the year involving local and international competitions as well as plans for camping, while Mr. Andrews Agbo Kitcher, another Vice President gave out plans for sponsorships and fund raising.
Present at the meeting were all newly elected executive members.
By Nana Prempeh | Myxyzonline.com