Government appreciates contributions of Bono people towards sports development – Minister

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Mad Owusu-Banahene (Middle) addressing the meeting (insert) Coronation Park
Mad Owusu-Banahene (Middle) addressing the meeting (insert) Coronation Park

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister has said the government acknowledges the exceptional contributions of the chiefs and people of the region towards the development of sports in the country.

She noted the region had produced excellent football, boxing, and athletic stars who had featured in the national teams at all levels, saying the government was also holding discussions for the construction of a standard sports stadium in the region for sports development.

Mad. Owusu-Banahene said a standard sports stadium in Sunyani, the regional capital, would not only open up the area to boost investment opportunities but also help unearth and build on the hidden and sporting talents of the younger generation.

“We are holding discussions with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to finalize modalities and pave the way for the construction of a standard sports stadium in Sunyani,” the Regional Minister stated at an emergency consultative stakeholders meeting in Sunyani.

Attended by chiefs, club managers, Chief Executive Officers, sports journalists, and commentators as well as retired footballers, the meeting discussed extensively sports development in the region.

Mad Owusu-Banahene emphasised that the Sunyani Coronation Park was going through rehabilitation work to enable the park to host Division One League matches, assuring the rehabilitation would not terminate the proposed construction of a standard sports stadium in the region as speculated in the media.

She, therefore, appealed to corporate institutions and wealthy individuals to support the rehabilitation work for the Coronation Park to meet the required standard of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Mr. Forster Kwame Opoku Boakye, the Bono Regional Director of the National Sports Authority (NSA), later told the GNA Sports work on the inner perimeter of the coronation park had been completed.

That notwithstanding, he said other minor works ought to be done before the park could hold the matches, and appealed for support in that regard.

Mr. Frank Agyapong, the Bono Regional Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Federation said the region had a lot of boxing talents and called on the NSA and other key stakeholders to invest in the boxing sector.

He expressed concern about the lack of Ring and other boxing equipment and appealed to the government for support, saying many of the youth had boxing talents, but the sector was unattractive to them due to lack of equipment.

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