FOLLOWING Ghana's dismal performance at the just-ended Manchester Commonwealth Games, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has constituted a committee comprising all major stakeholders in sports to prepare a strategic development plan to deal with problems confronting Ghana sports.
This was stated at the launching of a tennis clinic for juveniles under the sponsorship of Nestle Ghana Ltd.
In a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Mr Joe Aggrey, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Edward Osei Kwaku, said his outfit is taking the initiative for more junior clinics, not only in tennis, but other sports disciplines to enable them to restore Ghana's past glory in sports.
Mr Osei Kwaku contended that Nestle Ghana has played an important role in producing most of the efficient sportsmen and women in the country and has gone a long way to inculcate in the children virtues such as tolerance, sportsmanship, courage, respect for the rule of law, with a view to ensuring that their trainees strive for excellence.
The Minister praised Nestle Ghana for their immense contribution towards sports development in Ghana and encouraged them to step up their efforts to ensure that the country's sports is not dragged into disrepute.
He recalled that Nestle's support to the Ghana Tennis Association began as far back as 1970, which he described as a remarkable achievement. He said last year, Nestle took a creative initiative to widen its sponsorship net through the introduction of the Milo Clinic for the children from seven to 12 years, adding that “I am reliably informed that over 300 children benefitted from it”. The minister expressed the opinion that such a gesture would enhance the physical and mental capabilities of the youth.
He assured Nestle that his ministry will be fully committed to ensuring the continuity and success of the programme.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that other disciplines would benefit from a similar gesture.