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17.07.2014 Sports News

Minister Seeks Chinese Support

By Daily Guide
By Kofi Owusu AduonumBy Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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Hon Ayariga with HE Baohong during the courtesy call at the former's office yesterday

New Youth and Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has appealed to the Chinese government to construct mini stadia in the Upper East, West and the Eastern regions to help promote sports in those areas.

The Minister made the request when the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Sun Baohong paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra yesterday.

The meeting offered the two countries the opportunity to discuss how they would collaborate in the areas of youth and sports development.

Already, the Chinese government is constructing a new Stadium in Cape Coast, which the ambassador revealed was very important to her government, and was happy with progress of work at the site.

She requested Hon Ayariga to furnish her with a report on specific needs of the youth in Ghana that would need assistance from her government.

'My embassy will donate footballs to deprived communities in the country, I therefore request that you provide me details of such communities so we will know how to cater for them by way of the donation,' she said.

H.E Baohong assured the Hon. Minister of the Chinese government's commitment to youth development in Ghana and mentioned that she would be organizing a reception for Ghanaian students going to study in China on scholarship this year.

Hon. Mahama Ayariga commended the Ambassador and the Chinese government for their continued support to the development of youth and sports in Ghana with particular reference to the Cape Coast Stadium, and promised it would be completed in due course.

He indicated the need for the two countries to build an effective relationship that would serve the interest of the youth in both countries.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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