By Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, Sept 13, GNA – An appeal has been made to the Youth and Sports Ministry to do everything to revive the security services sports association (SSESA) games.
The games have not been held over the last six years, something the technical team of the Ghana Handball Association, said was seriously impacting the promotion of the hand-based sporting disciplines.
Mr. George Bankole, its Technical Director, indicated that many of these, including handball, volleyball, netball and basketball had been drawing their key players from the security agencies.
Speaking to the GNA Sports in Kumasi, he said “the inability to organize the games in the last six years is gradually depleting the majority of the national teams of the requisite young talents needed to replace the veterans”.
That he cautioned, could have serious consequences for the nation in the near future - hamper the succession programmes of the teams.
It was unhelpful to Ghana’s bid to dominate the hand-based sporting disciplines in West Africa.
He reminded the National Sports Authority (NSA) of its mandate to form regional handball associations to supervise the organization of the sport.
The present situation where “the sport is only concentrated in Accra must change”.
Greater-Accra was the only region which had seen the organization of a vibrant handball league in the last three years.
Mr. Bankole renewed the call to corporate bodies to assist construct a state-of-the-art indoor handball facility to put the nation in a better position to host international events.
“What we have now as a nation do not qualify us to organize any major event”, he added.