The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) is mourning the death of its patron and a former President of the GOC, Dr. Yaw Nkansa-Gyane. The veteran Sports Administrator, Dr. Nkansa-Gyane died on 12th January, 2015 in Accra, aged 87. His final funeral rights has been fixed for Saturday, 21st February in Accra.
He played a fundamental role in promoting sports and the Olympic Movement in Ghana and on the world stage.
He served as a Vice President of the International Amateur Boxing Association for a 12 year period (1974-1986) and became GOC President in 1985, a position he held until 1990.
Dr. Nkansa-Gyane attended the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 and Los Angeles 1984 as a Team Ghana official.
Among his contribution to amateur boxing, he was a member of the International Association of Olympic Medical Officers since 1975, became a qualified AIBA International Judge in 1978 and was elected Honorary life member of AIBA Medical Commission the same year.
He is also recognised as a founding chairman of the Ghana Association of Sports Medicine.
According to Sammy Heywood Okine Deputy General Secretary of the SWAG, he was committed to sports development and advised the media on important issues.
“His contribution to the development of amateur boxing, tennis and the medical field cannot be over emphasized, and will be remembered for a long time. We recall him to be regular at the SWAG Awards night and can never forget his very useful advises” he said
“We can not forget such a personality who was very modest in character and offered his support to Ghana Sports” he added.
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