Deputy Sports Minister Calls On Corporate Ghana To Support GOC And Athletes

Deputy Sports Minister Calls On Corporate Ghana To Support GOC And Athletes To Win More Medals At Paris 2024

Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie has called for support for lesser known sports such as Skating and Breaking which would be new sports introduced at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Speaking at the Freedom Skate Park to mark 500 days to the Olympiad, he expressed that the government share same values of the IOC to unite people and allow them to exhibit their talents as well as do business in freedom.

He assured that the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) would fully participate in the 2024 Olympic Games and win medals not only in Boxing, but others like Athletics, recalling the achievement of Samuel Takyi who won Bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah revealed that Skate Boarding and Breaking are new sporting disciplines at the next Games which offers an opportunity for young people in Ghana to venture to discover, display and win laurels for the nation.

He noted that it is the responsibility of everyone to contribute in changing lives through sports, because not only football can win medals for the nation, but who speaks for the voiceless, so the duty lies on the media.

He charged journalists to positively promote sports and appealed to French companies to support Team Ghana to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

HE Jules Armand Aniambossou, the France Ambassador to Ghana  presented a special Baton to the President of the GOC Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah to signify the 500 days to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and he formally invited Ghana to participate in the biggest sports festival of the world.

The event dubbed 'Relay Round The World' was held last Tuesday at the Freedom Skate Park at Shiashie, near East Legon in Accra, where the Ambassador described the facility as very impressive and ideal for talent hunt, development and motivation, and also a place for sustainability and growth.

He expressed that Ghana has talent that need to be harnessed and the Embassy is ready to support, as Skate Boarding has proved to attract Tourism and a lifestyle and business for the young people, just like Break Dance.

He hoped the Embassy will be in touch with the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to promote less known disciplines.

Monsieur Jules Armand Aniambossou announced that France is looking forward to hosting a memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.

Ms Sandy Alibo, founder of the Freedom Skate Park and Surf Ghana took the dignitaries round the facility while the skaters, comprising young boys and girls demonstrate their skills.

Present at the event were Mr. Isaac Duah, President of the Ghana Tennis Federation,, Nana Tuffour Okai, DanceSport, Mohammed of  Dunk Basketball at James Town, members of the GOC Communications Team and officials from the French Embassy.

By Sammy Heywood Okine