Lutterodt to set up athletes fund: commits GHC15,000

Author: Kwame Larweh
George Haldane-Lutterodt

Sports enthusiast, George Haldane-Lutterodt, has set aside GHC15,000 as seed money for a special fund he intends to set up to support local athletes who have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has, therefore, urged other stakeholders to join in the campaign to assist the handicapped athletes.

The fund is supposed to support all sportsmen and women in the country who are not capable of participating in any major local and international competitions to eke out a living.

Equally, local athletes will also benefit from the fund which is expected to be managed by a competent person appointed by the renowned economist.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the former president of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) expressed his desire to come to the aid of struggling athletes.

"It's been really hard for these sportsmen and women. They are going through a lot and I am about setting up a fund to support them in my own small way," he stated.

Ambassador Lutterodt, who is also the Patron of the Ghana Netball Association, believed the pandemic is far from being over and therefore cautioned athletes to be wary of the deadly virus.

"This pandemic must not be taken for granted; it is a killer, so athletes must take all the necessary safety precautions," he stressed.

According to him sporting events could only resume in the country with the abundance of caution and perfect safety measures.

"Individual training by athletes with the best safety measures can begin but it must be restrictive and cautious," he averred.

The Peace Ambassador also called on stakeholders of the sporting industry to meet and jaw-jaw on how best to resume sporting activities under the best safety conditions.

He called for a change of mindset by heads of federations and associations who only indulge in travelling with athletes for per diems and bonuses and care about their needs when they needed them most.