Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah

The government has announced plans to roll out a stimulus package for stakeholders in the sporting sector severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To that end, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is collaborating with the National Youth Agency, National Sports Authority, Ghana Olympic Committee, National Paralympic Committee, and Ghana Football Association to work out a stimulus package for Youth in Elite Sports in Ghana to mitigate their suffering.

Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, the Youth and Sports Minister, giving details of the easing of restrictions on some sporting disciplines, in Accra, said the COVID-19 pandemic had severely affected the finances of players in the sporting industry.

Those affected include; athletes, footballers, club owners, sports specialised firms, and sports retail businesses.

The Minister said an estimate made on the cost of a football match behind closed doors would cost a whopping GHc60,000 in view of the fact that spectators would not be allowed into stadia when the Ghana Premier League resumed.

Mr. Asiamah hinted that there was a high possibility of football players being tested for COVID-19 when football activities resumed in the second phase of easing restrictions.

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister announced that preparations to host 2023 All African Games was on course, as his deputy who is heading that committee was working feverishly to meet the deadline in terms of human, infrastructure and logistical resources for the competition.

He lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for his unflinching support towards the provision of sporting infrastructure, particularly Astro Turfs in each of the 16 regions.

He urged athletes and participants of some sporting disciplines granted permission to practice to ensure strict observance of social distancing, hygiene, and safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

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