Minister Ends Inspection Tour at Yendi In Grand Style

Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) has paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Yendi, Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II at the Gbewaa Palace as part of his inspection tour to the Youth Resource Centre construction site at Yendi in the Northern Region.

The Minister reiterated that the Akufo-Addo led administration is doing everything possible to unearth grassroots talents by providing the needed infrastructure for youth and sports development.

Hon. Asiamah commended the site engineer for the progress of work and urged its continuation to meet the completion date.

“I am very much impressed, your dedication and zeal towards this project is one that cannot be overlooked on anyday”, the Sector Minister added.

Hon. Hammed Abubakari Yussif, the Municipal Chief Executive(MCE) expressed his gratitude to Government for the project which will enhance sporting activities in the region.

“Yendi has produced great talents such as the Legendary Black Stars goalkeeper, Abubakari Damba. I know for sure that the provision of this facility will go a long way to harness talents for our country.” He noted.

Sports Minister Inspects Ongoing Project at Dormaa-Ahenkro

Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP) has led a delegation to inspect one of the ten (10) Youth and Sports Centres of Excellence at Dormaa Ahenkro.

The Sector Minister was accompanied by the Minister for Health and Member of Parliament (MP) for Dormaa Central, Hon. kwaku Agyemang Manu, Director General of the National Sports Authority(NSA), Professor Peter Twumasi, Technical Advisor to the Minister, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, CEO of Green Grass Technology among others.

Hon. Asiamah was impressed with the quality of work and announced that the project will help develop talents at the grassroots level. He therefore entreated the contractor to work extra hard to complete the centre on time.

“Ghana has been serving the world over the years when it comes to sports and it is one of the reasons why we won the bid to host the 2023 African Games.
We have put all the necessary arrangements in place as far as the African Games is concerned”, the sector Minister noted.

The Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu expressed his satisfaction and stated that the edifice will also serve as a job centre and a place for people to exercise weekly as a way of keeping themselves fit.

“We are looking forward to hosting the African University Games in future” the MP stated.

The Contractor, Mr. Prince Baidoo assured the Sector Minister to work effectively and efficiently to ensure that it is completed on time.

The NBA Vice President For Africa Pays Courtesy Call on The Sports Minister

The Vice President for the National Basketball Association (NBA) for Africa and Head of Strategy & Operations, Mr. John Manyo-Plange has called on the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah to discuss the development and promotion of Basketball in Ghana through the schools system by introducing the programme into the Physical education curriculum.

Mr. John Manyo-Plange briefed the Minister on the operations of the NBA and stated that he is currently in the country to sensitize young people on the values and essence of NBA.

He disclosed that Ghana has the requisites and a conducive environment to promote the sport urging the Ministry to follow suite in Rwanda’s applaudable construction of a 10,000 seater indoor stadium purposely for the sport.

Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah expressed gratitude to the Vice President of NBA for Africa for the visit and reiterated government’s determination to promote sports which basketball is no exception.

He stated that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a massive sports enthusiast and has expressed interest in the game.

The sector Minister assured him of the Ministry’s commitment and readiness to collaborate with the NBA adding that a basketball facility will be considered as the country makes preparations to host the 2023 African Games.

Hon. Asiamah disclosed that his outfit is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to revive schools and colleges sports where basketball will be supported to develop as the game is predominantly played at the secondary and tertiary levels.

He further commended the former Ghanaian NBA player, Mr. Pops Mensah-Bonsu who was also present at the meeting for promoting the game and committing himself to unearth basketball talents in the country.

The Minister subsequently announced Mr. Mensah-Bonsu as the ambassador for the sport.

Present at the meeting were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist, Communications Consultant, Mr. Ahmed Osumanu Halid, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Nana Adwoa Adutwum.

Columbian Government To Assist Government With Sports Development

The Columbian government has expressed firm interest to support Paralympic athletes by bringing in experienced trainers to train Paralympic coaches for a ten-day part sponsorship deal.

The Columbian Ambassador to Ghana H.E Claudia Turbay disclosed this in a meeting with the Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah while deliberating on issues of mutual benefits to both countries.

The government of Ghana through the sector Ministry is required to provide an accommodation facility, feeding and internal transportation for the trainers.

The Minister for Youth and Sports Sports Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah commended the Columbian High Commission for their continuous interest in the development of Youth and Sports in the country.He reiterated that the Nana-Addo led administration will continue to collaborate with the Columbian government to deliver on its promises.

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)

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.

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.

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