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15.02.2004 Sports News

Sports development needs multi-sectoral approach

By GNA
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Kumasi, Feb 15, GNA - Mr A.K. Adusei, the acting Ashanti Regional Sports Development Officer has called for a multi-sectoral approach towards the development of sports, especially in the provision of infrastructure to pave the way for unearthing more talents.

He attributed the over-reliance of the nation on a few sports disciplines for honour's at international competitions to the lack of adequate sports facilities.

Speaking to the GNA Sports in Kumasi at the weekend, Mr Adusei therefore entreated philanthropists and all stakeholders in sports to compliment government's efforts at developing sports to change the current trend.

He indicated that as part of measures to develop and raise the standard of sports in the Ashanti Region, the National Sports Council (NSC) was making efforts to complete the two volleyball courts being constructed at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

He said so far seven million cedis had been sunk into the project which was started last year, adding that, "what is left to be done is the provision of nets and balls which would be procured before the end of February this year to facilitate the unearthing of volleyball talents in the region".

On table tennis, Mr Adusei said an assessment had been made and estimates submitted to the NSC to pave the way for the provision of 10 tennis boards estimated to cost about 10 million cedis.

He said the region can no longer rely on the few tables at the Kumasi Centre for National Culture where the players in the region had over the years been training.

Mr Adusei was also not happy about the state of the hockey pitch at the Kumasi Sports Stadium which had virtually been turned into a football park by colts teams as well as some individuals.

He said the NSC was concerned about the situation and that security measures were being put in place to stop the use of the hockey pitch as a football park.

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