BY ROLAND B. TAMAKLOE
THE NATIONAL Paralympic Committee (NPC) president, Mr Bishop Adja Cofie, has inaugurated para-athletics and para-power-lifting and also swore in 12 executives to run its affairs till 2021. The inauguration took place at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday.
Para- athletes had seven members headed by Dr Isaac Ankomah, while para-power-lifters have Mr Sampson Dean as their president heading five members would be managing the affairs of the various sports in Para-Olympics and look for sustainable sources of funding to help the sport grow.
At the inauguration, Mr Cofie said despite the sport gaining a lot of attention, it still lacked the necessary attention and support from the government for para-athletes to thrive and compete in international competition around the world.
Para-sports, which started in Ghana in 1990, according to Mr Cofie, would bring to the fore games such as wheel chair basketball and para-badminton among others.
Mr Sampson Dean, the newly elected president for para-power lifting, said that his target was to form a formidable team to qualify and participate in the 2020 Para Olympics.
A member of the Para-wheelchair team, Mr Ralph Nkegbe, said para-sport is an expensive sport and the team would require a sum of $5000-$7000 to get a racing chair.
The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Pious Enam Hadzide, wished them all the best in their four-year term of office and congratulated the new executiveson serving Ghana through para-sports.
He said that the government was putting together structures to train more coaches for para-sports.