The president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, yesterday signed the book of condolence for the late former President Jerry John Rawlings at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), hours after visiting his residence to console his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, and the family in Accra.
Book of Condolence
Mr Nunoo-Mensah was escorted by the presidents of the various sporting associations in the country as he penned the tribute as follows:
"From a young 32 years old Flt Lt, you rose to become one of the most pivotal leaders in Africa and the world. Your huge impact on the direction and destiny of our sports and our great country will forever keep you in our hearts.
“On behalf of the Olympic family in the world, we say fare thee well Papa Jay. R.I.P."
The delegation later visited the wife and family of the late Frank Quist, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who passed away last weekend, to commiserate with the family.
Meanwhile, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSC) have commiserated with the GOC over the passing of former President Rawlings.
In separate communiques, the two bodies expressed regret and remorse over the passing of the former President.
“We are, particularly, touched by this huge loss and, through its Executive Committee, hereby convey to you our heartfelt condolences. Jerry Rawlings will forever remain an icon, a pride of Africa. May God grant the Ghanaian People and the Sports and Olympic Movement of your country the fortitude to bear this loss and sail through these trying times. May his soul find sweet repose in the bosom of our Lord”, a statement signed by the ANOCA president, Mustapha Berraf, said.
Mr Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, president of CNOSC, said Rawlings entrenched Ghana’s democratic principles by ushering the country into the Fourth Republic and contributed to boosting the country’s economy.
He expressed his country’s condolence to the wife and family of the late former President and the GOC, adding that the Cameroonian people were with them in these difficult times.