The management of Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) has pledged to be at the forefront to advocate public support for intellectually disabled athletes to enable them to nurture and develop their skills to the fullest in all sports disciplines.
The company has also challenged the Board of Special Olympics Ghana to explore other means of bidding to host the Special Olympics World Games in Ghana in future.
Speaking on behalf of management during a courtesy call by the Board members of Special Olympics Ghana at the head office of GCGL on Friday February 15, the Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Emmanuel Agyei Arthur, said after participating in such tournaments, the time had come for Ghana to host such a prestigious event.
“ Besides showcasing the potentials of intellectually disabled athletes from Ghana who would compete favourably for honours during such a tournament, it will also have a huge impact on the economy, especially considering the number of countries that will participate and spectators who will fly to Ghana to witness our athletes”, Mr Arthur explained.
Among the Board members who paid the visit were the chairman, ACP Augustine Kokukokor (rtd), Nana Wereko Ampim (Treasurer), Ms Phillis Dilys Biney (National Coordinator) Dr Ebenezer Owusu, Dr David Sarpong Opong, Mrs Veronica Sarkey, Mr Denniswise Amommo-Quainoo, and Mr Wisdom Djokoto.
The rest were Mr Isaac Quansah Otchere, Mr Emmanuel Baidoo, Mr Brew Daniels, Mr Ofori Antwi and Miss Princess Ayin
Describing the operations of the Special Olympics Board as sacrificial, Mr Arthur said notwithstanding, they had proved over the years that they were committed to supporting the needy in society to nurture and develop their God-given talents, hence GCGL’s commitment to partner them to reach out for many of such disadvantaged athletes.“
The world has a place for everyone in life, so beyond publicising your sports activities, GCGL will also support you in diverse ways to endear you to multinational companies for financial support,” he assured.
“ You should consider bidding to host Special Olympics World Games as Abu Dhabi is doing this year because it will have a huge impact on Ghana in all spheres” He added
For his part, the acting Editor of Graphic Sports, Mr Maurice Quansah, said the company had a place for social integration and were, therefore, ready to create heroes among the intellectually disabled athletes who had already gained international recognition through their participation in Special Olympics World Games.
“ We will advocate to create heroes among the athletes to induce others to come out to nurture and develop their potentials” he assured
Earlier, the chairman of the Board of Special Olympics, ACP Augustine Kokukokor, recalled the historical events that led to the establishment of the Special Olympics World Games and how Ghana became an active participant since 2013.
He said the Board was determined to continue in the future participation of such games but were always handicapped financially.
He, therefore, appealed to multinational companies, firms, industries and individuals to lend their support to enable them to nurture and develop the potentials of intellectually disabled athletes in Ghana.
He also appealed to GCGL to support the Board in diverse ways as they strived to reach out to all intellectually disabled athletes.
In his contribution, Nana Wereko Ampim-Opoku expressed concern about the stigma attached to intellectually disabled athletes, saying the situation sometimes causes some corporate bodies to shun them when the Board knocked at their doors to seek for financial support .