By Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, May 13,
GNA - Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, has said there need for Ghana to take a
paradigm shift from the practice of developing football at the expense of the
other lesser-known sporting disciplines.
break away from the football bubble,” he noted, saying it was time, sporting disciplines such as tennis and golf
were given utmost priority in the nation’s sports development agenda.
“It is time for
us to realize what we are missing out on golf and its ability to attract
investors. There is no sport like golf in shaping our integrity and sense of
fair play,” Otumfuo said.
Tutu, who was addressing the closing session of the Vodafone 62nd Asantehene Open Golf Championship at the Royal Golf Club (RGC), Kumasi,
said the sporting fraternity must take a second look at the inherent potentials
It should be
mainstreamed into the nation’s sporting activities as this was critical in
nursing and nurturing the youth to unearth the hidden ‘Tiger Woods’ in our
Championship brought together more than 300 amateur and professional golfers
from across the West African sub-Region, and had Sampson Asorgbah of the
Achimota Golf Club (299 medal points) being crowned winner of the Men’s
Scratch, the main event.
It saw more
than 30 participants receiving awards, including trophies and souvenirs from
Vodafone, the headline sponsors, as well as those presented by the other
supporting corporate organizations.
Tutu lauded management of the RGC and key stakeholders for putting together the
programme and also praised the participating golfers for upholding good
Mr. Isaac Kwame
Asiamah, Minister of Youth and Sports, said the government was determined to
using sports as avenue for job creation.
it had injected the needed resources to raise the standard of sports
infrastructure throughout the country in order to identify talents for the
Obo-Nai, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, said the company was proud to be
associated with the Championship, especially as it coincided with the 20th anniversary celebration of the Asantehene’s coronation.