Boxing arena to be ready November 14

BY: Kweku Zurek

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, says the ultra-modern boxing gym which is being constructed near the Korle Lagoon in Accra will change the face of Ghana Sports when it is commissioned  on November  14.

Mr Vanderpuye told the Graphic Sports on the sidelines of the launch of the Ghana Minigolf Federation yesterday in Accra that the multi-sport nature of the facility will provide financial relief to the coffers of the Sports Ministry who will no longer have to spend money on transporting sportsmen and sportswomen to and from hostels and training camps.

"The Sports Emporium is interesting and it's going to change the face of our Sports because never a time do we have a place where we have boxing, handball, tennis, swimming, we have a physiotherapy department and hostel.

"So for example, if we have a national team they will not camp far away from their training camp and it will reduce the budget we spend on camping in hotels and transporting athletes from training.. These facilities are first class facilities and it is situated where most of our boxers live. "

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Mr Vanderpuye said the facility would have been commissioned this weekend by the President John Dramani Mahama if not for a prior engagement to be part of the National Farmers' Day celebrations in Kintampo.

"I will be surprised if it is not done on the 14th because it is completed and we wanted to do it this weekend but because the President will be going for the National Farmers' Day in Kintampo that is why we shifted it to next week.

"The President is going to commission the boxing gym because he has championed it and he has always been a part of it. So who else but the president to come and commission it".

The 7,000-seater arena is being constructed by the Trust Sports Emporium Limited is funded by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and expected to groom the next generation of Ghanaian boxing world champions.