NDC promises comprehensive sports development

BY: Kwame Larweh
John Dramani Mahama–Former President of Ghana
John Dramani Mahama–Former President of Ghana

The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has promised a comprehensive national sports policy in his second term that will be realised with the development of a comprehensive National Sports Policy and the creation of Sports Development Fund to finance  infrastructural projects and ensure adequate remuneration of athletes.

He said the sports policy would the vision and strategies for sports development with an emphasis on female sports and compensation of sports persons.

Making a presentation at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) last Monday at the launch of the party’s manifesto, former President Mahama said that the thrust of his government’s policy on sports would include ensuring a scientific approach to sports development, massive infrastructural development and also ensuring that Ghana wins laurels at international competitions.

National Sports Policy

He said the policy, will among others, place emphasis on female sports will provide opportunities for training in sports medicine, sports science and management together with administration in sports through the proposed sports university.

On infrastructural development, Mr Mahama promised to upgrade the Winneba Sports College into a state-of-the-art sports university with campuses in selected regions of Ghana to enhance the human resource base and development of sports in the West Africa sub-region.

He pledged that if elected he would develop specific Sports Centres of Excellence in three geographical zones of Ghana, construct stadia in all districts across the country and complete the New Edubiase stadium started by his government.

Sports financing

On the Sports Development Fund, the former President Mahama said it would assist the sports associations to provide and improve remuneration and welfare of local sportsmen and women.

He stated that the NDC administration would develop a framework with the various sports associations for the promotion and development of domestic sports.

“We will ensure the successful hosting and organisation of the 13th African Games in Ghana in September 2023,” he assured.

“We will include some financing reliefs to motivate public and private sector sponsors to promote sports in the country”

He added that if elected, his government would encourage and support colts football and by extension, youth sports development to become the cornerstone of Ghana’s sporting regime,” he added.