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Press Briefing on Ghana’s Participation in International Games & Competitions

The Director General of   the National Sports Authority,  Prof. Peter Twumasi on  Thursday, 27th  June 2019 addressed the media on measures undertaken by the committee  charged with the responsibility of overseeing Ghana’s teams preparation and participation in all International Games and Competitions.

Find below, the full statement read by  Prof. Peter Twumasi: 

On behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, MP, I warmly welcome all invited guests present here for this press briefing.

The International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC) (also called “GAMES COMMITTEE”) which was inaugurated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Isaac Kwame Asiamah, MP, on the 30th March, 2019 has being charged with the responsibility of overseeing Ghana’s Teams preparation and participation in all International Games and Competitions.

The Eleven-Member Committee chaired by Prof. Peter Twumasi, the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), has since begun work in earnest to ensure a smooth and successful preparation of our athletes and eventual participation in the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.

Other Members of the Committee are:
2. Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah – Member
3. Mr. Magnus RexDanquah – Member
4. Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah – Member
5. Mr. Richard Akpokavie – Member
6. Mr. George Owusu-Ansah – Member
7. Mr. Salisu Omaru – Member
8. Mr. Emmanuel Oteng – Member
9. Rev. Richmond Quarcoo -Member/Chef De Mission
10. Bishop Adja Cofie – Member
11. Mr. Yaw Kutor – Member/Secretary
Mr. Papa Asante – (Secretary Asst.)

IGCC’s TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)
1.1 Responsible for the overall planning for Ghana’s preparation and participation in international games and competitions, including budgeting, all travel arrangements for contingents, remuneration for athletes, officials and bonuses for medals, local camping, pre-games tournaments/competitions, international tours and pre-games camping;

1.2 Determine sporting disciplines that will take part in the requisite games and allocate actual numbers for each sport taking into consideration international federations and games requirements;

1.3 Decide with appropriate Federations, Associations or Institutions on sports equipment, kitting and general costume for all contingents;

1.4 Contract sports marketing agencies to source for sponsorship for all contingents;

1.5 Consider and advise the Ministry of Youth and Sports on all requests by Federations desiring to locally host and organize international competitions, including bilateral or trilateral games and/or international meetings of federations and bodies in line with the 6-year Ghana Sports Renaissance Plan (2019-2024). It is to be noted that all bids shall have the prior-approval of the Minister of Youth and Sports in the preceding year of the tournament or event and that such request shall be supported by a Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Bid, including all requirements to be met by the state;

1.6 Review Federations, Associations, Schools and Colleges’ support requests for preparation and participation in both national and international competitions; and

1.7 Handle any other assignment as shall be referred to the Committee by the Ministry and/or the National Sports Authority.

FORMATION OF SUB-COMMITTEES
In order to ensure efficient performance, the IGCC has also established Six (6) Sub-Committees to facilitate its work.

The following are the IGCC’s Sub-Committees and their Heads:
i. Technical Sub-committee – Dr. Owusu-Ansah
ii. Medical Sub-committee –Mr. Richard Akpokavie
iii. Protocol Sub-committee–Rev.Richmond Quarcoo
iv. Logistics Sub-committee–Mr.George Owusu-Ansah
v. Marketing, Sponsorship and Media Sub-committee – Mr. Magnus RexDanquah
vi. Finance and Budgeting Sub-committee – Mr. Salisu Omaru/Mr. Emmanuel Oteng

Significantly, all the sub-committees are headed by members of the IGCC. Most of the decisions or work of the Sub-committees are ratified and approved by the IGCC before implementation. This is to ensure proper supervision and alignment of all the work of the Sub-committees into the overall objective of the IGCC. The Sub-Committees have defined roles set by the mother Committee. It must be noted that all the Sub-committees have been meeting regularly and feed into the IGCC’s meetings.

ITTF / ATTF TOURNAMENT
The first major task for the IGCC after its inauguration was the successful organization of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) Championships in April 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The IGCC made strenuous effort to secure the Bukom Emporium for the venue of the tournament, and also ensured that it was ready before the tournament commenced. The technical and financial report covering the whole tournament is ready and presentation would be done soon.

TH EDITION OF THE AFRICAN GAMES IN RABAT, MOROCCO – (AUGUST 2019)

Presently, the IGCC’s focus is on the preparation of Ghana’s Teams for participation in 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco, mid-August 2019. The Committee has, so far, met eight (8) times to deliberate on the planning and preparations towards the Games. The various Sub-committees have drawn up road maps or activities geared towards a successful preparation and have been meeting the teams in camps.

In conclusion, members of the IGCC have resolved in our collective determination to organize lean but effective Teams of medal hopefuls for over 20 disciplines to represent Ghana in Morocco.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Chairmen of the various Sub-Committees, especially Technical and Protocol, will take turns today to address you on the detailed accounts of the work done so far and the way forward.

Thank you and God bless our homeland Ghana.

Details on the 12th African Games in Morocco

The African Games which was formerly known as the All African Games will be coming on in the Kingdom of Morocco from the 16th of August to 1st of September 2019, and it will be the 12th edition of the Games which is held every four years.

Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the 12th African Games will be the 19TH August 2019.

Disciplines For The 12th Africa Games
Ghana is preparing 18 out of 22 discipline to participate in at the 12th African Games to be held in the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat to be precise. Below are the disciplines that are preparing for the Games.

1.Athletics,
2.Badminton,
3.Beach Volleyball,
4.Boxing,
5.Canoe/Kayak,
6.Cycling,
7.Fencing,
8.Football,
9.Weight lifting,
10.Judo,
11.Karate do,
12.Swimming,
13.Taekwondo,
14.Table Tennis,
16.Shooting,
17.Triathlon,
18. Tennis

Selection Of Athletes To The Games
All athletes who will be attending the Games are selected by their respective federations based on their own selection criteria. However, their final list is subject to approval by the technical sub committee of the International Games and Competitions Committee.

Deadline For Entries And Accreditations
The deadline for the accreditation is 27th June 2019, and I am happy to inform you that all potential athletes and officials who will be attending the Games have been entered to enable the organizing committee accredit them accordingly.

Number Of Athletes And Officials
At this stage of long list,there is no definite number for both athletes, official and disciplines since the technical sub committee is still working on all the athletes who will be attending the Games. The number of officials are based on a team size calculator which will be based on the number of final list of athletes who will be attending the Games.

Visa Application
The final list of all athletes and officials who will be traveling as part of team Ghana to the games will have to be approved by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, on the advice of the international games committee before any visa application is made. This process has been instituted by the International Games and Competitions Committee to enable the vetting of the list of all participants who will be traveling to represent Ghana in the Games.

Media Accreditation
All media persons who are interested in traveling to the Kingdom of Morocco to cover the Games are to apply directly to the organizing committee also known as COJAR for their accreditation.

Orientation/Code Of Conduct
There will be an orientation for all athletes and officials attending the Games, and they will be made to sign a code of conduct to ensure that all participants attending the Game will conduct themselves as good sports men and women as well as good ambassadors of Ghana.

Departure
Team Ghana is expected to depart to Morocco for the games by the 16th of august 2019.

Closing Ceremony
The closing ceremony for the 12th Africa Games will be 1st September 2019.

Source: Ministry of Youth and Sports,  International Games And Competitions Committee

AFD Sport and Development Inspection Mission Pays Courtesy Call on Deputy Minister

The Ministry of Youth and Sports on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 participated in a sport and development inspection mission by the Agence Francaise De Developpement (AFD) in Accra at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Officials of AFD were welcomed by the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto, who briefed them on various measures undertaken by Government to transform Ghana’s sporting ecosystem especially in the area of sport infrastructure development and support for Ghanaian athletes.

According to the Deputy Minister, Government has instituted various mechanisms to ensure Ghana derives the maximum benefit from sports not just as a tool for entertainment but also as an enabler for socio-economic development.

“We are doing things differently when it comes to sports development, for instance towards Ghana’s preparation for the African Games in Rabat, an International Games Committee has been set up to ensure that they secure and provide the needed support for all the athletes we will send to the competition”, the deputy minister indicated.

He applauded the AFD for expression interest in the development of sports in Ghana and called on more developmental organizations to get involve when it comes to matters of sports.

Discussions were held on Ghana’s strategy and institutional setup with regards to the development of sport in Ghana and the role of various stakeholders especially federations, NGO’s and association in the development of sports in Ghana.

Madam, Chaira Campanaro of AFD, in her remarks said the insight gathered at the meeting will feed into the plans of AFD to develop a global sport strategy for the AFD.

Officials of AFD present at the meeting were Chaira Campanaro, AFD Project Officer, Antoine Buge, AFD Project Official and Thibout Dussud of the French Embassy, sport mission. Also present was the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Pays Courtesy Call on Hungarian Deputy State Secretary

The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto on Thursday, May 16, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sports Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Peter Sarfalvi in Budapest, Hungary.

The courtesy call by the Deputy Minister forms part of series of programmes outlined by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to seek international collaborations as the nation prepares to host the 2023 African games.

Deliberations were held on issues of mutual interest particular matters of sports development for among both countries.

According to the Deputy Minister, the Ghana’s sport ecosystem is undergoing systematic and transformative reforms in areas of sports infrastructure, policy and human capacity building that will ensure that the nation is maximizing the benefits of sports as a tool for socio-economic development.

Hungarian Deputy State Secretary Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Sports Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Peter Sarfalvi, in his remarks shared various insights on how the Hungarian Government is putting in a lot of efforts when it comes to sports facilities management.

The two countries are expected to participate in various sports exchange programs that will help in the development of sporting talents and also engage in various collaborations across the field of sports event management.

Present at the meeting was the Head of Department for the Deputy State Secretariat of the Hungarian Sport Facilities and Sports Relations, Mr. Ildiko Kmety, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr.Frank Qusit and Sports Business Consultant ,Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana to commence competitive Teqball games soon

The International Teqball Federation in Hungary has expressed interest in starting competitive teqball games in Ghana.

This came to light when the Ghanaian delegation led by Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto visited the Teqball International Federation headquarters and interacted with officials on the possibility of introducing competitive Teqball to Ghana.

The Ghanaian delegation is in Hungary as part of an International engagement earmarked by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to attract partnership, sponsorship and to sell Ghana’s sporting ecosystem as the nation readies to host the African Games in 2023.

Teqball is a sport played between two players as a singles game or between four players as a doubles game, it is played on a curved table and with a ball similar to a football, it is played with different parts of the body except the hands.

The maiden Teqball World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2017 with more than 20 participating nations.

Other members of the delegation include, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports Consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Ghana 2023 African Games: Ministry of Youth and Sports and Hungarian Olympic Committee Forge Partnership

Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Hungarian Olympic Committee on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 held deliberations in Budapest, Hungary, on the sidelines of the Ministry’s international engagements towards ensuring that the 2023 African games to be held in Ghana is a success.

The Ghanaian delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto held series of meetings including one with the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Mr. Krisztián Kulcsár as both parties explored best practices, partnerships and activities that can be deployed towards the organization of the African Games.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto thanked the Hungarian Olympic Committee for their readiness to support Ghana and indicated that the Ministry through the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), looks forward to working with them as they implement the various transformative proposals they have discussed.

Other members of the delegation include, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports Consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.

Benfica to establish academy in Ghana

Portuguese soccer giant, Benfica is set to build a soccer academy in Ghana to unearth talents.

The project will be spearheaded by Ghanaian licensed FIFA agent, Seedorf Asante, who is partnering the club to undertake its first major work on the continent.

This came to light when Asante led a delegation which included the CEO of Global Football, Fernando Mendes; Benfica youth team Coach David Manuel and one of the club’s directors, Luis Miguel to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS) Mr. Isaac Asiamah for a formal introduction and a briefing on the project.

He said the Academy will serve as a point of spotting talents and blend natural skills with the technical know-how to develop young players into great professionals.

Mr. Asiamah stated  that Ghana has a lot of talented youth yet to be identified and tasked the group to work hard to identify, train and nurture their skills to become world class players.

The government, he said, is committed to the development of the sporting infrastructure base of the country to help with talent development.

He said  the Ministry welcomes such initiatives which will go a long way to add to the existing infrastructure.

Mr. Asiamah pledged his outfit’s support and announced an action plan to engage all stakeholders and policy makers to ensure the academy dream becomes a reality.

The meeting also discussed how to promote soccer in children at younger ages and help them grow their talents professionally.

The team presented customized Benfica Jerseys to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Mr. Asiamah.

Credit: Ghanaian Times

Government, IMF, Accommodation Facility for Kayayei in the Offing

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Youth and Sports are set to build an ultra-modern accommodation facility for female head porters in Accra.

This was discussed when the IMF country representative to Ghana, Dr Albert Touna Mama, paid a courtesy call on the deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto at the Ministry on Friday, May 10, 2019.

According to Dr. Albert Touna Mama, as part of the social responsibility of the IMF, it is customary that when the IMF boss visits a country as she did in Ghana last year, she picks a charity she wants to support. The IMF local office in Ghana has therefore decided to build a center in Accra for female head porters especially when the IMF boss met and interacted with traders in Agbogbloshie market and Kayayei during her visit to Ghana.

The facility when completed will not only provide accommodation to Kayayei but also help them to learn a skill so they can move out of the streets permanently.

In response to the proposal by IMF Country Representative, the Deputy Minister, lauded the IMF for coming on board to support female head porters in Ghana, indicating that providing accommodation to them is an initiative that has already been captured in the manifesto of Government and so establishing one with support from the IMF is something Government will gladly want to be involved in.

“Is exciting to note that the IMF is stepping out of the financial sector and entering into the social space and we are happy to be a beneficiary of this move. The focus of Government is to reduce the disparities between the rural and urban areas, that is why Government has decided to execute the one village one dam especially in the north where the women usually migrate from. When this is done, we guarantee that there will be farming all year round reducing the tendency of moving down south during the dry season. More so, Government has created a development Authority for the Northern belt to create more opportunities plus the roll out of the one district-one factory initiative, however all these measures will take time, that is why we welcome your intervention of providing accommodation and a training centers for Kayayei whilst we roll out more measures to reduce the Kayayei phenomenon ” the deputy Minister said.

Present at the meeting was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri and Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist.

Football fans must show maturity at the stadium – Minister

Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister of Youth and Sports, has called on football fans to act maturely at the various stadia to avert any unfortunate incident that can plunder the nation into mourning.

According to him, football was to be enjoyed and not to create an atmosphere of hooliganism and vandalism, that caused the May 9 disaster in 2001, which saw about 127 fans losing their lives at the Accra Sports Stadium in a football match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Mr. Asiamah made this known in Accra on Thursday, May 9, during the commemoration of the 18th anniversary since the disaster, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“Eighteen (18) years is a maturity year, let us be mature in our actions at our stadia and comport ourselves well to avert any havoc or disaster,” he added.

He noted that the Ministry was liaising with the right bodies and authorities to apply the right sanctions to persons or people who perpetrate crime at the various stadia.

“Football is a universal language and has the tendency of bringing people together, it is a game to be enjoyed and played in harmony, not in violence.

“We still have people who are bent on destroying the game that can bring development to the nation and we are liaising with the right and appropriate bodies to give out punishment to people who cause troubles at any stadia when caught.

This year’s commemoration started with a demonstration by the National Ambulance Service on how to save victims in a stampede or recovery of a collapsed victim, before a wreath-laying by the Sports Minister and also from representatives of Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko as well as family members of victims of the disaster.

 

Credit: Ghana News Agency