A. Qunasah, GNA
Accra, Sept.1, GNA – The Managing Director
(MD) of HFC Bank Ghana Limited Mr. Robert Le Hunte has advocated for
“Ghana-Tokyo-Gold” campaign at the opening ceremony of the much anticipated
2016 National Youth Athletics Festival in Sunyani.
The Athletics Festival, which is partly
sponsored by HFC Bank, will see hundreds of young men and women from all the
ten regions of Ghana competing for honours in various athletic disciplines.
This year’s Festival has received much
publicity due to a three-year sponsorship package from HFC Bank. The Bank and
the Ghana Education Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June
to sponsor the National Youth Athletics Festival for the next three years with
an initial amount of GH¢125,000.00.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Le Hunte
shed light on what he describes as “Ghana-Tokyo-Gold” (GTG) initiative.
According to him, Ghana is capable of winning
Gold at the next Olympics in Tokyo “if we invest more in preparing and
focusing our athletes for the next four years.”
He said, “the next Olympics Games is four
years away and we have to prepare our athletes for it. Let it not be said again
that Ghana went to the Olympics and did not even make it through the qualifying
“We must go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
Games and come back with at least one Gold medal! Yes, I mean a Gold Medal! I
am by this declaring what I call GTG, Ghana Tokyo Gold! This simply means Ghana
is winning Gold in Tokyo 2020”.
Mr. Le Hunte reiterated HFC Bank’s commitment
to youth development and called on government, sports authorities and Corporate
Ghana to support the “GTG” campaign to make it a reality.
“We can win a Gold medals in Tokyo. The past
does not matter; neither does our current situation. What matters most is the
future and our commitment, preparation and the necessary support to make it
It will be recalled that Ghana’s performance
at the just ended Rio 2016 Olympic Games has increased calls for youth
athletics to be taken seriously by paying particular attention to emerging talents
at the school level.
It is expected that the National Youth
Athletics Festival will be a fertile ground to identify and groom young talent,
who will be trained to ensure that Ghana’s performance at the recent Olympic
Games is turned around.
With HFC Bank’s three-year sponsorship of the
Festival, many are hopeful that Tokyo 2020 will see Team Ghana not only
progressing from their respective heats but mount the medal podium and ensure
Ghana’s place on the medal count table.