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13.04.2010 Sports News

Symposium to highlight safety and fair play in sports

By GNA
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Accra, April 12, GNA - A special symposium to sensitize the public on safety and security at stadiums and other public gatherings in relation to sports and other competitive games is to be organised on Wednesday, May 5 at the Media Centre of the Ohene Djan sports stadium in Accra.

It is being organised by the May Nine Stadium Disaster Commemoration Planning Committee under the theme, "Unifying rivals in the interest of Sports", as part of events to mark the stadium disaster that claimed 126 lives in May of 2001.

A press release issued by Mr Kofi Aggrey, Public Relations Officer on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ms Akua Sena Dansua said the symposium will seek to promote and underscore fair play, love and care for others as important principles in competitions and play.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture, Mr Steven Ackah and Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, former Deputy Minister of Sports will be among a high profile of resource persons who will lead discussions at the special symposium.

Other resource persons for the event include Mr Harry Zakkour, former Chief Executive Officer of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club and Mr Herbert Mensah, former Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, both of whom were in office during the stadium disaster in 2001.

Another major activity for the commemoration of the disaster is a 'Peace Walk' to be undertaken by both supporters and sympathisers from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the Ohene Djan stadium on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

The release said the final epic of the programme will be a maiden friendly commemorative football match between Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra.

The event has at stake two commemorative trophies, the Fair Play and Safety Cups.

There will be a curtain raiser between the management and executives of the two rival clubs as their supporters come face to face nine years after the stadium disaster event.

GNA

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