Ghana’s Youth and Sports Ministry has announced that a stimulus package is currently being worked on to support Ghanaian athletes who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The package dubbed ‘Youth in Elite Sports for Ghana’ is a collaboration between the Ministry, Youth Employment Agency (YEA), National Sports Authority (NSA), Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and Ghana Football Association (GFA) is set to be launched soon.
This was revealed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, at a press briefing held earlier today to discuss the details of easing of restrictions for sports in the country.
“The pandemic has caused immeasurable damage to the preparation of Ghanaian athletes who were preparing for the various qualifiers for the Olympic Games with untold economic hardships”
“The programme is to provide the needed mitigation stimulus to abate the economic impact on their preparations.”
Also speaking at the event was GOC President, Ben Nunoo Mensah, who praised the minister for the initiative.
“In the last 2 months the minister, myself and a few others including the NSA director, we’ve been involved in a lot of discussions on what to do for especially our national team athletes in these very trying times, and I must say I am very happy with initiatives that the minister and his deputy have taken.”
By Leroy Hawkson | Head of Sports