The Ministry of Youth and Sports and Miss Ghana Foundation on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, held a meeting to discuss potential ways of collaboration.
The discussions centered on issues relating to women involvement in sports, mentoring sessions for students, volunteerism, the pageants and involvement of more youth in activities of the foundation. The meeting also looked at the national youth development agenda and the role of the foundation.
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto spoke about the need for the foundation to engage more with the ministry. He commended the foundation for ensuring that the Miss Ghana brand has stood the test of time. It must therefore be used to drive discussions on youth involvement in national development.
“ As a nation we can’t ignore the huge contribution such events have made to society, however, we need to change the outlook from just presenting awards to a winner to how we can use pageants as a vehicle to correct some of the ills in society” he said.
Mariam Inna Patty, the Chief Executive Officer of the Miss Ghana Foundation mentioned that a partnership with the Ministry will go a long way to enhance the ability of the foundation to work towards empowering more Ghanaian women across the country.
Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist and Sports consultant, Mr. Magnus RexDanquah.
The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) has agreed to officiate in Wednesday’s matches of the GFA Normalisation Committee’s Special Competition following a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, to resolve a decision by RAG to boycott the competition over unpaid allowances.
Tuesday’s meeting was chaired by Mr Asiamah and included his deputy, Mr Perry Curtis Okudzeto, Normalisation Committee member, Samuel Osei Kuffour; and the RAG executive, led by its chairman, Mr Joe Debrah. Also in attendance was GHALCA Chairman, Mr Kudjoe Fianoo.
A statement signed by Mr Elvis Adjei-Baah, Head of Public Relations at the ministry, said that all outstanding issues were resolved after fruitful deliberations yesterday and RAG had decided to “rescind their decision to suspend officiating in the Normalisation Committee’s Special Competition.”
“By this, all upcoming matches would go on as planned.”
Mr Asiamah, according to the statement, was grateful to RAG for their cooperation.
On Monday, the Deputy General Secretary of RAG, Mr Kwao Sampson, issued a statement that the referees had been compelled to boycott the competition because they were finding it difficult to travel to match venues due to the unpaid allowances.
The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto has lauded the McDan Group led by it’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Daniel McKorley, for successfully hosting the McDan ITF World Tour, Ghana 2019.
Addressing patrons at the finals held in Accra on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Accra Sports Stadium, the deputy Minister indicated that the Ministry of Youth and Sports is charting a new policy path that requires that Government provides an unprecedent support to all “lesser known” sports in Ghana, a more reason why the Ministry decided to welcome and support the McDan ITF World Tour.
The Deputy Minister used the opportunity to admonish the Ghanaian press to be good ambassadors of sporting disciplines in Ghana, insisting that when the media writes and speaks about the achievements and positivies in Ghana’s sports industry, the needed sponsorship will be attracted to develop the ecosystem.
“Always sharing negative stories and not talking about great achievements like this; the hosting of the ITF World Tour in Ghana will rather hurt our sporting industry. Let’s all join forces to be ambassadors of the good things happening in the sporting industry” the deputy Minister urged.
Great Britain’s Benjamin Storrie emerged winner in the week-long McDan ITF World Tour after defeating Zimbabwean, John Lock by 6-4, 6-4 in Sundays finals.
Executives of the Ghana Deaf Sports federation on Friday, April 26, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto.
The federation led by its Vice President; Mr. Kingsley Kweku Nkansah Asah used the opportunity to highlight various activities embarked on by the federation since the year began.
According to the federation, Ghana is set to host the 1st Africa deaf volleyball competition in July, an event which will give more prominence to the activities of the federation. The deaf sports federation will also embark on an exchange program with their counterparts in France to exchange ideas and skills.
On his Part, the Deputy Minister urged the executives of the federation to be diligent in the discharge of their duties and indicated the readiness of the Ministry to offer them the needed support.
Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and other executives of the federation.
The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Perry Okudzeto has declared that members of the new Black Stars management committee will not be entitled to winning bonuses during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in Egypt.
According to Mr Okudzeto who doubles as member of the committee, those members are all workers and government appointees tasked to help the course of the national team.
“As management team of the Black Stars, we are not going to be part of the winning bonus structure. We are already working for the government and are just coming in to help so that the country can be successful especially in terms of the national team.”
“We the management team have decided we are not going to take any winning bonus at the tournament with the team,”, he told Ghanasoccernet.com.
The Black Stars management committee which is made up of five-members is headed by Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong, Deputy Sports Minister Perry Okudzeto, Ibrahim Sunday, Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye and Madam Abena Osei Asare.
The committee will among other things, supervise the activities of the Black Stars, and collaborate with the technical team to facilitate all arrangements to ensure the team gets the best of preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
It has already begun it operations with visits to Cairo, Egypt for the AFCON draw this month as and UAE to inspect the facilities that the Black Stars will use during the pre-tournament camping.
The GFA Normalization Committee has learnt with dismay the shameless attack on referee Theresa Bremensu, during the first leg semi-final match of the Women’s Special Competition between Prison Ladies and Ampem Darkoa Ladies in Sunyani at the weekend.
While expressing our commiseration to Referee Bremensu, the N.C would like to state that it does not condone any abuse; verbal or physical towards match officials and takes such attacks very seriously.
Albeit the Special Competition has not recorded any such appalling attacks, last weekend’s incident is of great bother.
The N.C would like to state that such acts of violence on referees are a drawback as we strive to Normalize Ghana football.
The NC reiterates Dr Kofi Amoah’s caution at the launch of the Special Competition that improvements in the GFA Statutes and Regulations as much as they are necessary would not in and by themselves absolve our football from illegalities, corruption, and uncivilized behaviors and undue aggression
Part of our nation’s ability to engender transformation in our football doesn’t have to do with regulation; it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping cultures, increasing awareness and embracing our common humanity and purpose
Attacking a referee physically must be condemned by all and exorcised from all parts of our football
We would like to assure the general public that we will liaise with the police to ensure appropriate sanction is meted out to the perpetrator(s).
Meanwhile, Normalization Committee in accordance with the GFA Statute will refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.
We will like to appeal to the football community to help safeguard the beautiful game.
Dan Kwaku Yeboah-Spokesperson, Normalization Committee