The Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association GBBA, David Addo-Ashong, has expressed his delight for the inclusion of the Ashanti and Western regions to this year’s prestigious Sprite Ball Championship.
Mr Ashong stated that the mandate given to Rite Multimedia to promote and develop the game amongst Senior High schools nationwide is yielding progressive results and is heartwarming to know that six regions namely Ashanti, Western, Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern and Central Regions are participating in this year’s competition.
The country’s basketball supremo says the idea of developing the game and extending it to cover the entire hemisphere of the country bears ample testimony that basketball is growing from the grass root and stakeholders are bent on given the game a national facet.
The chairman expressed his delight about the start of the championship and congratulated the winners of the Eastern region who by extension have qualified for the grand finale to be staged in Accra come 19th and 20th December 2009.
The second stop, Ashanti region, will see over 30 schools participating in the one-day tournament which will be hosted simultaneously on two campuses, Opoku Ware High School and Kumasi Anglican High School this Saturday October 24.
According to the basketball chief, he is optimistic basketball will eventually become the second most preferred sports in Ghana not only in terms of fans but investment by corporate bodies.
‘‘We at the Ghana Basketball Association are happy that the game is growing and I’m hopeful two more regions will also have the opportunity come 2010”.
‘We wish to congratulate the organizers, Rite Multimedia who have been collaborating with us for the past three years to help develop and promote the sport in the country.’
‘I want to say that basketball is a wonderful game and has great potential for any player who takes it serious and will therefore entreat all ballers to be serious with their training because that is the only sure way to get to the top.’
David Addo-Ashong also had a message for all the participating schools in this year’s competition.
‘I want to take this opportunity to ask all the schools to compete in an atmosphere of sportsmanship and exhibit fairness.’
‘ May the best school come up tops in each of the regions so we can have a competitive grand finale on the 19th and 20th of December, 2009 at the El-Wak Stadium.’
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