The Ghana Taekwondo Federation in its quest to develop the sport officially opened the IOC funded Development of National Sports System (DNSS) programs on Monday, February 11 at the Korea Sports Complex in Tema, Comm 3.
The Federation will for the next three months organize 3 development courses/Seminars, beginning with the 2nd National Referees Licence Course, Administrators Seminar and 2nd National Coaching Licence Course at the Korea Sports Complex.
The residential programs which have started with the 5-day Referee Licence course for 40, continues with the Administrators Seminar for 20 participants (2 from each region) from 11th to 15th of March and then a 10-day Coaching Course (April 3 -12).
President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, (GTF) Frederick Lartey Otu, who in his welcome address appreciated the development assistance of IOC, World Taekwondo Peace Corps, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, stressed on the need for local assistance from the Sports Authority and Cooperate bodies.
He also outlined the importance of the DNSS program as Taekwondo is becoming a household name with high enthusiasm in athletes.
“We want to bring up to standard, Taekwondo Officiating in order to give more quality to our tournaments and reduce incidents of bad officiating. We will also train 20 Administrators and secretaries in sports management, events planning and others to help in the development of the sport; training and licensing 40 coaches from the ten-member regions to help these coaches to establish new Taekwondo clubs in their localities and train more athletes.”
The Opening Ceremony saw in attendance, Papa Asante representing the Director General (DG) of the National Sports Authority, Prof. Peter Twumasi, who in his speech outlined the vision of the New DG and the renewal of the NSA mandate of supporting Sporting Federations.
Always supportive of GTF programs were, Paul Atchoe, 1st Vice President of the GOC, Charles Osei Asibey, President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation, and Theophilus Edzie, President of the Ghana Swimming Association.
Also in attendance was the Ambassador for the Republic of Korea, Kim Sungsoo, who pledged the continuous support of the Embassy and the Republic of Korea to the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, in the promotion and development of the sport in Ghana.
Secretary-General of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Richard Akpokavie, who officially opened the DNSS program, acknowledged the effectiveness of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation and advised participants.
“We as GOC help the Federations to achieve their objectives in various ways. One of the ways is to seek support through Olympic Solidarity to run courses like this. It is important because, for every country, the OIC can only sponsor 1 sport per year for this particular course. There are over 28 Olympic sports in Ghana and Taekwondo was chosen because of what you have done in this country, under the able leadership of your president. For those of you who are here for this course. It is very important to remember, that you have not been invited to just be participants, but to learn and impart this knowledge as referees, coaches and administrators.”
The Ghana Taekwondo Federation had 3 medals (2 silver and 2 bronze) at the just ended 1st Nigeria Taekwondo International Open championships in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Volunteers from the World Taekwondo Peace Corps will be wrapping up their tour on Wednesday, February 13 as they depart on Friday.