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Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has unveiled ambitious plans to revolutionize Ghana’s sporting landscape with the establishment of a dedicated agency aimed at nurturing talent and fostering growth. In a stirring address, Bawumia outlined his vision for a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders to uplift Ghana’s sporting industry, which has faced setbacks in recent years, particularly in football and track and field events.
The proposed agency, known as the Ghana School Sports Secretariat, will operate under the auspices of the sports ministry, partnering with entities like the Ghana Education Service (GES) and sports federations to drive comprehensive development initiatives. Bawumia also emphasized his commitment to forging alliances with international sports bodies such as the NBA and NFL, aiming to position Ghana as a hub for emerging sports on the African continent, thus creating abundant opportunities for young talents.
Highlighting past successes, Bawumia cited the groundbreaking collaboration with the NFL, resulting in Ghana hosting the inaugural NFL Flag Football event in Africa in 2022. This initiative saw ten young Ghanaians earning the honor of representing Africa in global NFL tournaments, showcasing the nation’s potential on the international stage. As the momentum builds, another cohort of promising athletes, identified during the second NFL Africa Football event held in Ghana, is currently making waves in the United States, further solidifying Ghana’s standing in the global sports arena.
Dr. Bawumia’s bold proclamation underscores a commitment to harnessing the transformative power of sports to empower youth, foster national pride, and propel Ghana towards a brighter future. With strategic partnerships and innovative initiatives at the forefront, his vision promises to usher in a new era of sporting excellence and opportunity for the nation’s aspiring athletes.