Renovation Works Begin At Cape Coast Sports Stadium

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah yesterday inspected the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to mark the commencement of renovation works of key installations of the facility. The Cape Coast stadium, which was built with a grant from the Chinese government and handed over to government in April 2016, is to receive a massive face-lift following a three year maintenance MOU signed between China and Ghana in September 2018 when the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo visited the country.

The maintenance agreement also includes capacity training program where Ghanaians would be skilled in maintaining the edifice and the country’s other sporting infrastructures.

While expressing his gratitude to the Chinese government for the maintenance grant for the stadium, the sector Minister indicated that it is government’s priority to ensure that all the country’s sports facilities receive periodic maintenance, adding that huge sums of funds cannot be invested in providing modern sports edifices only for it to be left to deteriorate.

The Minister said he is particularly excited about the training program for selected Ghanaians to take over the maintenance of the facility and other stadia when the three year agreement ends.

The Chinese Consular in Ghana, H.E Chai Zhi Jing stated that the inspection of the stadium and the subsequent meeting with the sector Minister officially pave way for works to commence.

The Project Manager, Jim Tan disclosed that the renovation works would cover the repairs of the scoreboard and floodlights, replacement of broken seats, repair and replacement of gym equipments, extension of the main stadium walls as well the construction of emergency routes from the stadium among others.

In attendance during the inspection was the Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Adjei Baffour, Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist, Technical Advisor to the Minister Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, representative from the Architects and Engineering Services Limited (A.E.S.L)

International Youth Day

The National Youth Authority (NYA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) in conjunction with the UNFPA joined the global community to celebrate the International Youth Day at Akuapem-Mampong.

The program is dedicated to honor the importance of the Youth in national development and peace building with this year’s theme dubbed “the role of the Youth in contributing to quality education in Ghana.“

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia addressing the gathering stated that the platform which seeks to dialogue on achieving quality education in Ghana rightly fits into government’s efforts’ at achieving global development agenda which intends to make education more accessible to all Ghanaian Youth irrespective of their socio-economic condition.

Dr. Bawumia noted that government sees the program as a holistic and co-ordinative approach towards bridging the existing gap in the education system ensuring equitable quality education and promoting life long opportunities for all as stated in the SDGs.

According to him human capital is a massive factor that reinforces technological change in any economy adding that the President Nana Addo is focused on the educational sector as the way of developing and building the future of the country.

Dr. Bawumia said his government under the visionary leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated through the introduction and implementation of innovative policies steered at transforming the education system adding that government’s investment in building the educational sector will bear great fruits in the future.

The Vice President said the Nana-Addo led administration has embarked on a digitization program which is being driven by the Youth towards changing the economy.

He advised Young people to vanquish the thoughts of impossibilities and underestimation of their own abilities as government is committed to providing the necessary infrastructures.

The Vice President Bawumia commended the National Youth Authority for its immense contributions in the pursuit of the mandates and aspirations of the government in developing the Youth as it pursues the vision of “Ghana Beyond Aid”.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah called on the National Youth Authority (NYA) to reflect over this year’s theme and adopt an organizational philosophy and operational methodology that radiates the interests, passions, beliefs, values and life skills that young people need to be successful in life.

Hon. Asiamah announced that work is at the stage of completion at the various Youth and Sports Centers of Excellence in ten regions across the country adding that project will help unearth and develop the youth.

The UNFPA representative reiterated the importance of investing in human capital and stressed on the need to engage young people at any given opportunity to enable them participate in the development of their countries.

Government approves $1.28m for African Games

Government approves $1.28m for African Games
Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) has approved a budget of approximately $1.28m for team Ghana’s participation at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.

According to the of the Director-General of the National Sports Authority, Prof. Peter Twumasi, who is also the Chairman for the International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC), it was very important that the budget be made known to Ghanaians, after it was approved by the Youth and Sports Ministry headed by Honorable Isaac Kwame Asiamah.

He noted that the budget covers all expenses for Team Ghana at the 12th African Games, where Ghana is presenting a lean team of medal hopefuls.
“The IGCC team has done a great job since it was inaugurated to oversee all issues relating to the upcoming African Games in Morocco.

“We presented a budget to Government through the Youth and Sports Ministry and we have gotten approval, so it is important we made it available to Ghanaians”.

Professor Twumasi noted that the budget includes bonuses for all the athletes, coaches and officials, with an amount of $3000, $2000 and $1000 going to athletes who would win gold, silver or bronze respectively in the single or individual sports in the various disciplines. With regards to team sports, each player would be rewarded with $2000, $1500 and $1000 respectively for winning gold, silver or bronze.

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2019 African Games Press Briefing

The International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC) held a press briefing at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium as “Team Ghana” gears up for the 12th edition of the African Games to be staged in Morocco.

The Committee inaugurated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports was tasked to ensure the adequate preparations of Ghana teams at International Competitions.

The Chef De Mission, Rev. Quarcoo addressing the media disclosed that Ghana has decided to participate in fourteen (14) out of the twenty-six (26) disciplines and they include athletics, badminton, beach volley, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, weightlifting, judo, karate-do, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis and Tennis.

Rev. Quarcoo announced that 139 contingent comprising of Athletes (91), Coaches (29) and Management team (19) has been approved by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) based on the Committee’s advice for the Visa Application process.

He stated emphatically that the number of officials who will be accompanying the athletes was determined by the team size calculator which was based on the final list of athletes who will be participating in the Games.

He again noted that boxing, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, fencing, karate-do and Beach Volley have been camped at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, however, tennis, judo, swimming, badminton and cycling were camped in Accra due to the unavailability of their training facilities adding that the Football team is currently camped at the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence in Prampram.

The Chef De Mission further stated that an orientation exercise has been conducted for all athletes and officials to conduct themselves as good ambassadors of Ghana.

According to him the data of the Ghanaian contingents have been entered into the Games system for accreditation and accommodation arrangements have been secured for team at the Games Village.

He noted that the first batch which includes football, beach volley and Judo teams will depart by the 13th August, 2019 due to early competition schedule, however, Team Ghana is expected to depart for Morocco by 16th August, 2019.

The Chairman of the IGCC who doubles as the Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Prof. Peter Twumasi thanked the President Akufo-Addo and the Sector Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah for their unflinching support and the confidence reposed in the Committee to deliver on its mandate.

Prof. Twumasi called for the support and prayers of the good people of Ghana to propel the athletes to win laurels for the country.

He further stated that the budget for Ghana’s participation will be disclosed once it is approved by the Sports Ministry.

3rd Ecowas Annual Forum Of national Volunteers Agencies In West Africa Opened

The 3rd ECOWAS forum of the National Volunteer Agencies in West Africa dubbed “Volunteerism for peace and security” has been officially opened by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah. The forum seeks to harness the talents and energies of young leaders of various professional backgrounds and commitments for socio-economic development.

Addressing the Forum, Hon. Asiamah observed that the youth are rarely seen as stakeholders in promoting peace in their communities adding that ECOWAS is on the right track to changing this narrative owing to the tenacity of purpose of the National Volunteer Agencies.

The Sports Minister further noted that in Ghana, young people are providing inputs to government decisions that foster a more youth-friendly environment to promote entrepreneurship and reduce the incidence of youth unemployment, exploitation of the youth through human trafficking and urban-rural migration.

To this end, the Minister said an effective monitoring mechanism should be instituted to maximize the impact of the volunteer program.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri expressed his appreciation to ECOWAS for the collaboration, adding, “this is a clear indication of the commitment of member states to the Volunteers’ Programme” .

Mr Asigri was hopeful that the outcome of the forum as espoused in the theme, “volunteerism for peace and security” will contribute immensely to enriching a fit for purpose terms of reference for the functioning of a permanent secretariat of the Forum so that key actions could be identified and planned for the execution by the Member States.

Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Chair, ECOWAS Volunteers Programme Regional Coordination Council stated that the ECOWAS Volunteer Program (EVP) since its inception in 2004, sort to create a pool of youthful exuberance united in their belief that volunteer engagement can be used as a tool for the promotion of development, peace building, reconciliation and national rehabilitation in post conflict countries through mobilization.

She noted that the program falls within the framework of the region’s new vision of taking regional governance to the grassroots through its ECOWAS of the people’s initiative Vision 2010.

Youth and Sports Minister opens Validation Meeting for the Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment(APAYE)

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has opened the Validation Meeting of the Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE) in Accra. The APAYE is a five-year continental framework and plan of action for implementing the African Youth Charter, the African Union (AU) decision on harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth, and the targets on youth articulated in the Agenda 2063 Ten Year Implementation Plan.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah in his address stated that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken pragmatic steps aimed at creating a society of opportunities especially for the Ghanaian youth that will empower them to confront the challenges of the globally competitive world as well as realizing the aspirations of AU’s Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.

Hon. Asiamah noted that the discourse will ensure concrete steps are taken to further strengthen our understanding and expand the frontiers of Africa’s Youth Development Agenda, adding that the outcome of the meeting will guide policymakers with the African Union Member States in designing and implementing youth policies and programs at regional, national and continental levels.

The Head of Youth Division at the African Union, Ms. Prudence Ngwenya commended Government for their keen interest in youth related activities and welcoming this partnership. She also noted that the APAYE served as the AU’s overarching programmatic document which will guide and influence the efforts and contributions of key partners and stakeholders engaged in youth empowerment on the continent, adding that the APAYE is intended to enable actions and serve as a practical guide and framework for accountability to key stakeholders.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri commended the AU for the collaboration and stressed on the relevance of the Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE) which will replace the AU Decade Plan of Action for the Youth (2009 to 2018), as this is critical because Member States of the African Union are taking concrete steps towards achieving the aspirations of Agenda 2063.

He further added that the Authority is currently reviewing the National Youth Policy to make it responsive to contemporary demands and needs of the youth.

The CEO of the NYA was optimistic that the three-day validation workshop will contribute immensely to enriching a fit for purpose Africa Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment that will shape the future for the youth in the continent.

Re: Gyankroma Akufo-Addo Contracted to Airlift Ghana Supporters to Egypt

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has taken a serious note of publications on various social media platforms alleging that the daughter of H.E the President of the Republic, Gyankroma Akuffo Addo was contracted “to airlift Black Stars supporters Union to Egypt and provide them with hostel and food for the period of the tournament.”

The publications also went on to further allege that it cost government $20,000 for each supporter to be transported, hence Ms. Akuffo-Addo having pocketed a total amount of $2,400, 000 for airlifting 120 supporters to the tournament.

The Ministry wishes to state in no uncertain terms that the publication is not only false but frivolous and a well calculated attempt to soil the name of the family of H.E the President of the Republic.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Wishes to put on record the following:

1. That the organization and successful airlifting of the Ghana Supporters, officials of MOYS and other key stakeholders were done by a 5-member Committee made up of staff of the MOYS and a representative from the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, tasked by the sector Minister, Hon Isaac Kwame Asiamah with the responsibility of ensuring the successful organization of Ghana Supporters and other officials to support the Black Stars in the country’s quest to win our 5th AFCON Cup.

2. That in order to save cost, protect the public purse and ensure that there is value for money, all arrangements of accommodation and internal transportation were done by the Ghana Embassy in Egypt in conjunction with the Project Committee of the MOYS.

3. That all flight arrangements were contracted to the White Oak Limited, a reputable agency with an impressive experience in the travel and tour business. Therefore, the reported sum of money alleged to have been amassed by the daughter of H.E the President is totally unfounded, mischievous and a figment of their own imaginations.

The Ministry therefore urges all to disregard these fallacious publications and treat them with all the contempt it deserves.

Signed

Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP)

Minister

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

Abdulai Mukarama Receives Cash Token For Her FIFA U-17 World Cup Exploits

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has presented a cheque Gh¢30,000 to the Black Maidens and Queens Striker Mukarama Abdulai for her heroic performance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Uruguay last year.

The young striker won the adidas golden boot and bronze ball for the highest goals and 3rd best player respectively at the tournament.

In his remarks, the sector Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah on behalf of government expressed gratitude to the young striker for her excellent performance and also raising high the flag of Ghana at the international stage.

The Minister further noted that the gesture is to encourage young and budding talents to go all out and make the country proud.

He also thanked the technical team for their immense contribution in nurturing and bringing out the best from the striker.
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Sagnarigu, Hon. Marian Iddrisu on behalf of the delegation thanked the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government for the gesture, adding that it will motivate the player to aspire for greatness as well as encourage other players to strive harder and make their country proud.

Source: PR Unit