Hon Afriyie-Ankrah sandwiched by Mc Dan (L) and Madam Alice Attipoe, acting Chief Executive of the National Sports Authority, at the launch.
CEO of Mc Dan Group of Companies Daniel Mc Korley has pledged to take sports in the country, particularly tennis, a notch higher.
At a press briefing to launch the very first Mc Dan Open tennis tournament in Accra yesterday, he said besides his strong passion for sports, its ability to bury differences between individuals, political parties and countries stirred his outfit to rally behind tennis.
He indicated that the forthcoming competition scheduled for April 22 to 26 at the Accra Stadium would be used for World and the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) ranking purposes.
The first four players in the competition would be offered the rare opportunity for a training program in Spain. In December, juniors will have their turn as part of Mc Dan and GTF efforts to keep players in shape.
The Mc Dan chief revealed that the idea for the competition was also to restore the sport’s lost fortunes, by reclaiming its Davies Cup II status.
‘Mc Dan wants to take over sports in the country. Nothing unites countries, individuals and political parties like sports – that is why US can play Iran in a soccer competition,’ said Mc Dan.
Youth and Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, who launched the event, highly praised the headline sponsor, Mc Dan, for supporting the sport saying, ‘Football is doing well because of sponsorship, and the fact that Mc Dan doled out $10,000 to rescue GTF for its subscription at the ITF shows their commitment to the development of sports.’
GTF executive Koby Brew shared the tough times the Federation has gone through after failing to pay its subscription, which incurred the wrath of International Tennis Federation (ITF), leading to a ban. But Mc Dan paid $10,000 to save the situation.
The event, which will reward participants with cash prizes and trophies, is being put together by the Ghana Tennis Association (GTA) and Mc Dan Group of Companies.
Meanwhile, Mc Dan has presented a giant trophy to the Ghana Tennis pros for a special event they will be competing in later in the year.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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