Ghana’s Youth and Sports Minister, Hon Clement Kofi Humado, is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to help promote the game in Ghana by claiming his outfit us liasing with some foreign coaches to help train locals to enhance their expertise
Speaking at the grand-finale of the first ever Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship, the affable and ever-smiling minister lauded the achievement of Rite Multimedia –organizers of the historic championship and giant telecommunication network, Tigo, for the efforts in developing and promoting the game in the country.
He said the ‘Better Ghana Agenda’ of the government focuses greatly on the youth and their main aim is to promote youth participation in sports, recreation and positive leisure through the promotion of competitive sports like the games witnessed at the UPAC games.
‘There is no doubt that basketball is rapidly becoming a great sport in Ghana. This therefore calls for unity amongst members of the association to push it even further than what level it has reached now’. Hon Humado said.
‘My ministry is collaborating with the National Sports Council to leave no stone unturned in order to provide the necessary support for the development of the sports which has become the country’s second most preferred sports in the country’.
‘In most of the advanced countries, basketball players are identified and nurtured during organized colleges competitions like this. I therefore see the championship as a unique opportunity for unearthing sports talents from the grassroot which has always been the vision of the Government of Ghana’.
He also took the opportunity to whip up disciplinary sentiments among the participants.
‘Students should indeed and as much as possible, stay off drugs, and other social vices that could seriously ruin their future. Sports is now a very big investment and I believe with dedication, hard work and discipline these players assembled today could one day become basketball icons like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’neal, Olajuwon Hakeem and many others in the field of basketball’.
The 2011 UPAC basketball championship is powered by TIGO – Express Yourself, supported by RedBull Energy drink, DDP outdoor, Indomie Noodles, Damte Global Publishers Ltd (0244851926, 0207284428) and organized by Rite Multimedia – Leaders in basketball championship.