The Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly garnered five medals consisting four gold and one bronze to emerge the overall champions of the 2019 Greater Accra (GA) Inter District Sports Festival held at the University of Ghana, Legon.
The five-day event, put together by the Greater Accra Regional Sports Authority in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council saw the enthusiastic Kpone Katamanso athletes claim gold in athletics, table tennis men, table tennis women and volleyball women together with one silver in handball women.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) finished second with three gold medals, one bronze and four silver while Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) took the third position with two gold and two silver medals.
In fourth position was La Dade Kotopong Municipal Assembly (LADMA) after they grabbed one gold and two silver medals while Shai Osu Doku District and Adentan Municipal Assembly (ADMA) were tied on fifth position with one gold each.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Prof Peter Twumasi noted that his outfit together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports were determined to revive Inter-District and Regional sports activities to recruit more talents to the various national teams ahead of the 2019 Africa Games to be staged in Morocco as well as the 2023 Games which Ghana will host.
“The National Sports Authority is very much impressed with the organization of this tournament and we are encouraging the other regions to also organise such tournaments because now we are not leaving any stone unturned.
We want to bring all people from every district and region where we know that talents are distributed evenly to bring them to the limelight and to make them part of the various national teams to be playing on behalf of the country,” he said.
“I want to commend the organisers, especially the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council for what they have done. This is what we are expecting that the NSA will collaborate with stakeholders and today is a demonstration of that kind of partnership.”
Prof Twumasi continued: “All the districts and their chief executives have all contributed to make this particular programme a success not only by presenting their teams but they also supported it financially and logistically. At the beginning the Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey was here and that shows the commitment they made to get this tournament organised.”
Winners from the various districts in a photograph with the dignitaries
For his part, the chairman of the organising committee, Mr Richard Iddrisu promised his outfit’s commitment to make the tournament much bigger in subsequent years.
“We are very satisfied with the organisation. We started from a humble beginning but we believe that with time this programme will pick up. This year’s competition was funded by the regional minister in collaboration with the various district assemblies.
If you go through the Sports Act, we are mandated by law to organise such programmes at least once in every year so we are praying that corporate Ghana will come on board to support us,” said Mr Iddrisu.
The competition brought together over 600 athletes from 26 Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to compete for laurels in various sporting disciplines.