Basketball Association commences talent-hunt campaign
7/15/2009 8:08:38 PM -
Kumasi, July 15, GNA - The Ghana Basketball Association (GBA) has launched a 'Talent-hunt Campaign' to identify and train potential basketball stars for the country.
Mr Iddrisu Gamel, an Official of GBA who disclosed this to the GNA Sports In Kumasi on Wednesday said, the campaign forms part of measures to develop lesser known sports to an appreciable standard to help Ghana win more laurels at international competitions.
He pointed out that research by the National Sports Council (NSC) showed that basketball was the second most patronized sport in the country, stressing that it was against this back drop that the Association found it necessary to embark on the talent hunt.
Mr Gamel said that his outfit was undertaking the campaign in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) through the organization of sponsored competitions for all age categories at the Basic school level.
He said when basketball talents are unearthed at a tender age and nurtured on sustainable basis, it would be easier for them to blossom into future stars and be able to compete with their counterparts in and outside the country.
The GBA official also said basketball players are currently one of the highly paid sportsmen in the world and hoped stakeholders would invest in the sport to give meaningful life to Ghanaian players.
Mr Gamel commended Nestle Ghana Limited for including basketball as a category of sporting event in the recent Milo School Sports Festival.