Hon Yammin

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Joseph Yammin has indicated that plans are in place to give lesser-known sports a facelift.

He revealed at the launch of the Nestle/IAAF Kids in Accra yesterday that government had resolved to develop and promote the lesser known sports to appreciable standards.

The Deputy Sports Chief admitted the challenges that confront the development and promotion of lesser known sports in the country.

And as part of measures to ensure a paradigm shift in the lesser known sports, particularly athletics, he said special attention would be placed on youth athletics.

He mentioned that government has taken steps to re-invigorate the traditional inter-schools and colleges sports competition.

?The Ministry is in collaboration with the Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies to establish at least one well resourced sports infrastructure in each district to enhance the development of sporting talents of the nation.

?This facility would be known as the District Sports Arena, and will have facilities such as a football field, an athletic oval, multi-purpose courts for hand games, sports hall for indoor games as well as gymnasium.

?With these arenas in the districts, it is expected that the necessary facilities will be available to organize competitive sports at the grassroots and for our budding sportsmen and women to transform themselves into future stars.?

He pointed out that the drawings and other necessary details of the arenas were ready and fairly soon, the various MMDAs would be contacted for land and other forms of support for construction works to commence.

He therefore called on Assemblies, traditional authorities as well as stakeholders in the sports sector to lend their support for the implementation of the project.

The Deputy Sports Minister stated, ?I am glad to announce that the Ghana Athletics Association has successfully signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IAAF to introduce young pupils between ages 7-12 into athletics in basic schools throughout the country.?

 By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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