The Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF), officially introduced 4 Volunteers for the World Taekwondo Peace Corps (TPC) Korea to the Ghana Olympic Committee in Accra.
The rather brief meeting which was held at the GOC boardroom was to officially inform the mother body of all the Sports federations (GOC) the purpose for which the TPC team had come to Ghana.
President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Frederick Lartey Otu in his opening speech outlined the schedules of the TPC.
“The TPC team is here to support the GTF to introduce Taekwondo to our basic school in the Greater Accra Region. We have segmented the capital city into three with the first program to be held at Dansoman where we’ll bring together 3 or 4 private schools in 1 school and organise Taekwondo clinics for them for about 10 days. Areas to be taught are Sparring (Kyorugi), Poomsae and Demonstration. The same thing will happen in Adenta and Spintex till they leave on the 15th of February. It is our expectation that after the program, we’ll be able to form Clubs in these schools and train young children to be able to develop the sport.”
He also emphasised on the fact, that the GTF will be having a busy beginning of the year 2019, imploring media support.
“After the TPC program and of course in the same February, through the GOC, the IOC will sponsor a referees license course. We’ll then have a seminar for Administrators in March and in April, a national Coaching course. So in a brief, the GTF will be very busy from January to April, beginning with the TPC and we’ll need the support of the GOC, other Federations and the media especially.”
The meeting which had some media houses present also saw the presence of the Ola Williams, Youth Director of GOC and President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation and renowned Sports journalist Charles Osei Asibey, who admitted developing Sports should begin from the basic level.
Ola Williams, who happens to be the CEO of Dreamland Sports Plus, partners of the School to School Taekwondo campaign and clinics, pointed to his role and a mentioned the possibility of visiting another region.
“As a Youth coordinator for GOC, it is my duty to work with all the federations to make sure talents are unearthed. We’ve put so many things in place and we’ll be at St Benedict on Wednesday as they’re celebrating their anniversary. We’re also considering other regions and everything is set.”
1st Vice president of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Paul Atchoe who was of praise of the president of GTF, warmly welcomed the TPC team.
“This happens to be the third time we’re receiving visitors from Korea to have Taekwondo Programs. If you really want to develop the sports to the highest point, you’ll need the foundation that you can always fall on. I think in his tenure, Taekwondo has seen tremendous achievement as far as development is concerned. We at the GOC do support all the federations. We ask that you support your president so the future will be certain.”
In response to all said by the officials, spokesperson of the 3 Taekwondo specialists, Hyein Lee says they will do all possible to impact into the Children, expressing their joy for being in Ghana.
The media were allowed time to ask questions to help them better understand the tour of the TPC and other essentials that will help in their reportage.
The visit of this current batch to Ghana is the sixth, with the last time being last year August. This is aimed at promoting friendship and collaboration between Korea and beneficiary countries through Taekwondo, based on the requirements and development programme of beneficiary Member National Associations of the World Taekwondo.