Government to support Ghana’s participation at Rio Paralympics

By
Edna A. Quansah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 23, GNA – Government has assured
full commitment towards Ghana’s participation in the 2016 Rio Paralympics next
month.

At a Press Conference held on Tuesday, by
the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) with support from Agitos Foundation –
the Educational and Technical Wing of International Paralympic Committee (IPC),
aimed at creating media awareness ahead of the 
Games, the Deputy Minister for
Gender, Children and Social Protection Mrs. 
Dela Sowah, said the government has committed an undisclosed amount to
support team Ghana’s campaign at the Paralympic Games.

“The Ministry is about Gender and
Social Protection, and (for reasons of) social protection that’s where we come
in. Government is committed to helping the plight of the disabled and have
raised a portion of the budget from 2.5% to 3 %) to support them.”

The Deputy Director General of the National
Sports Authority (NSA), who doubles as Chef de Mission, Mr. Saka Acquaye
expressed belief in the team and appealed to corporate entities for support.

“When we went to events such as the All
Africa Games, we (Paralympic team) did so well, in fact we took more than half
of the 21 medals at the games,” he noted.

The President of the NPC said, Bishop
Cornelius Adjah Coffie said, the disabled athletes will put in their best
efforts to ensure Ghana is given the needed respect and recognition at the
international stage.

The Games will be the fourth time Ghana will
be participating in the competition with three athletes competing in Cycling,
Powerlifting and High Jump.

He called on corporate entities to support
the Ghana’s participation. ‘‘We are seeking to employ the services of Marketing
Agents to aid us in securing sponsorship for the NPC to ease our plans of
providing athletes with more exposure and experience in future.’’

Ghana’s Paralympic team will embark on a
trip to Brazil in the coming weeks for the Paralympics billed for 7-18
September.

GNA

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