McDan saves Ghana tennis again - pays off $17,378 ITF debt

BY: Kweku Zurek
Mr Daniel McKorley presenting the dummy cheque to GTF President Isaac Aboagye Duah (far left)
Mr Daniel McKorley presenting the dummy cheque to GTF President Isaac Aboagye Duah (far left)

The CEO of the McDan Group of Companies, Mr Daniel McKorley has for the second time in five years rescued the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) from a ban by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) by paying accrued affiliation fees to the governing body of world tennis.

It will be recalled that in 2013 Mr McKorley, who also sponsors the GTF's flagship tournament - The McDan Open West Africa Tennis Tournament came to the aid of the body , paying off a $10,000 debt of affiliation fees owed the ITF.

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The GTF was one again this year facing expulsion from the ITF after failing to pay outstanding affiliation fees amounting to $17,378 which accrued between 2015 and 2018.

Presenting a dummy cheque to settle the outstanding sum to the GTF Thursday in Accra, Mr McKorley said the ban would have eroded the gains Ghana tennis has chalked over the past five years.

"Ghana tennis has come a long way and it is sad to be banned from the ITF, whatever we start we finish as McDan, that is why we continue to support Ghana tennis," Mr McKorley stressed.

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"We have talents in this country and it depends on how we will handle these talents. Tennis is a game of love and it is a game that takes a lot of kids off the street and this is our Corporate Social Responsibility".

He also urged other corporate organisations to emulate the McDan Group by supporting other least funded sports in the country.

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The President of the GTF, Isaac Aboagye Duah expressed gratitude to Mr McKorley and assured that his outfit has introduced a membership card which will be used to pay affiliation fees in the future.

"The membership card is GHC 5 for junior players per card and GHC 20 for social players but for socials we have gold silver and platinum and you can pay up to GHC 500 and there are benefits you can derive from it including discounts at certain shops on tennis equipment and apparels at certain stores across the country".