President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo has expressed an interest in the revival of boxing and other sports in Ghana and pledged his government's support in the endeavor.
President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that his government's support for the sporting community is evident when one looks at the increase of funds allocated to the Ministry of Youth and Sports this year.
President Akufo-Addo made his opinions known during a courtesy call paid to him by the leadership of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), led by its Chairman, Peter Zwennes, current and former Ghanaian boxing champions.
The delegation visited President Akufo-Addo in order to personally invite him to the "Freedom Fight Night" event on Saturday, March 11th, at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. The event is part of Ghana's yearlong 60th independence anniversary celebrations.
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“Unfortunately, in the last few years, it has been made to seem that football is the only sport that we are good at. It is not true.
“We have had outstanding talents and champions in athletics, boxing, table tennis, amongst others, and it is about time we nurtured all the talents in our country to make it possible for people who have the ability and talent in these disciplines also to emerge.”
According to the president, it was in the funeral of his late mother in 2004 that Mr. Freddie Blay, now acting Chairman of the NPP, saw a picture of him in a boxing pose and put on the front page of the Daily Guide. An incident that clued Ghanaians in to his interest in the sport.
“I grew up as a young boy in Swalaba and Korle Wokon. Surpriser Sowah’s gym was around the corner, and we used to spend a lot of time there. I became so addicted to the sport that, as a young boy, I gave myself the nickname ‘Kid Gavilan’”, said the president.
“I am going to disappoint my wife. She was going to take me somewhere that evening, but I am going to find time to come to Bukom,” he said somewhat comically.
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