Top Sports Supporter Mr. Abraham Nkansah, popularly known as ‘Apirigu Chakapama has called on Ghanaians to support Team Ghana going to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Speaking to Yours Truly in an exclusive chat, he said not much is heard of the sportsmen and women who are going to represent Ghana at the big sports festival, but he believes the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and the federations who have qualified are preparing feverishly.
According to the new Sports Anchor at Fire TV, sports journalists must not promote only football, but should propagate other disciplines like basketball, athletics (track field), boxing, swimming, rugby, table tennis, handball, tennis, golf, hockey and weightlifting.
He commended the 13 athletes who have so far qualified and appealed to companies in Ghana to support them, by using them as ambassadors and for advertisements.
Mr. Nkansah, who is a trained football coach expressed that sports is big business and can be used in adverting the nation.
He urged the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Youth Sports to motivate and encourage the qualified athletes to feel proud of representing Ghana, and do well to bring home laurels.
He was however sad that countries like Kenya, Nigeria and others are having Olympic Athletic Trials, while nothing is happing in Ghana.
He said sports is not football alone, so the sports authorities must ensure that athletes who are going for important international Games are well managed to excel.
He commended the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) President for his efforts in finding sponsorship for Team Ghana, with Twellium Industrial, Toyota and Ashfoam Ghana.
He said sports is a tool for promotions, advertising and marketing, so corporate Ghana must come on board to support Team Ghana.
Ghana has qualified athletes in boxing, track & field, judo, weightlifting and swimming.
Team Ghana is preparing to leave for Inawashiro, near Tokyo to have final camping and preparations.
The Tokyo Olympic Games is from July 28 to August 6, 2021.