The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports,Hon.Vincent Oppong Asamoah, has launched a youth development programme for the Ghana Weightlifting Federation(GWF) at a short but impressive ceremony at the Accra Sports Stadium,in Accra.
Speaking at the launch, Hon.Asamoah said he was very happy that a lot of young people are now beginning to show interest in weightlifting which is a good sign for the development of the sport.
Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah stated that when given the chance, Ghana has the potential to perform in any sporting category. He noted that the establishment of a roadmap for the development of weightlifting throughout the whole country is a positive development that deserves commendation.
The Deputy Minister said the Ministry was in discussions with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for a percentage of their budget allocated for Sports development to be used in assisting the Ministry.
He noted that the media has a key role to play in order to popularize weightlifting and called on them to play that role effectively.
Hon. Asamoah thanked De-United Foods Industries Limited (DUFIL) importers and marketers of Indomie Noodles for their support and urged other corporate organizations to also support and with this declared the programme duly launched.
The country Manager of DUFIL, Mahesh Shah later presented a dummy cheque for twenty thousand Ghana cedis and fifty boxes of indomie to the Deputy Minister on behalf of the Weightlifting Federation and a sponsorship package of ten thousand Ghana cedis worth of products for the project.
Present at the ceremony were the President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation, Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah, Ambassador Ashim Morton, a member of the weightlifting board, Mr.Saka Acquaye, Deputy Director General in charge of Technical of the National Sports Authority.