The Ranking Member of Parliamentary Committee on Youth, Sport and Culture and the incumbent Member of Parliament for the South Tongu Constituency Mr. Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome has hinted that, the next National Democratic Congress (NDC) government under the Presidency of John Dramani Mahama will support Federation and Association with $50,000.00 for TOKYO 2020 Olympics Games Qualifiers.
In addition to paying GHC1,500.00 each to all registered players in Ghana, the next NDC under President John Dramani Mahama will support all Federations and Associations with funds to go through their Tokyo Olympic games qualifiers. And still maintaining that football is the number one sporting discipline in Ghana and the passion of the nation will receive its fair share of Government support.
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Giving the breakdown of the support, Mr. Woyome said, the National Democratic Congress will from January 2021 support all Federations and Associations going to the Tokyo Olympic qualifier with an amount of $50,000 for athletics, $30,000 for boxing, and $20,000 for other Federations and Associations for their Olympic qualifiers. Other Federations and Associations who are not part of the Olympic qualifiers but have their international championships next year will be given $10,000.00 for such championships.
According to him, the next NDC government will not discriminate against any sporting discipline be it football, athletics, boxing, volleyball or basketball and every national team will receive its fair share of NDC government financial support.
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He further said, Football clubs on continental assignment will also be given $50,000 for preparations. “It is the responsibility of the government to prepare national teams to go and represent the nation at all international championships and games.” He explained.
Mr. Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome added that, the next NDC government will not renege on its responsibility to fund the national teams representing the state including football.
He said the next NDC government is committed in developing sports holistically through the creation of SPORTS FUND in its 2020 people manifesto. “Under the next NDC government, JM is determined to move sports and sports men and women to a new level and to appreciate their effort by representing the country at such championships and games.” He reiterated.
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“The para sports and para athletes will also be catered for in this package. The next NDC government will work closely with the national Paralympic committee to appropriately fund the para athletes going to their Olympic qualifiers and actually participate in the games in Tokyo. Para national teams have for past years been winning medals for Ghana, so the NDC government will make sure that they will continue to win more medals for Ghana by funding their national teams and individual athletes going through their qualifiers.” He elaborated.