A delegation from Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) managers of the team – BLACK BOMBERS led by the Mr. George Lamptey paid a courtesy call on the Leadership of the National Sports Authority Director General of the NATIONAL SPORTS AUTHORITY(NSA) yesterday, Thursday,23rd September 2021.
The purpose of the visit was to officially present Ghana’s only medal which was Africa’s only boxing medal won by SAMUEL TAKYI at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games and also, thank the NSA Officialdom for their l contribution to Team Ghana prior and during the elite global sporting fiesta.
The President of GBF in his opening remark thanked the Director General for the immense supports and recognition from the NSA.
He stated that despite the challenges they have faced, the NSA has regarded the federation as a priority and this, he is very much grateful.
He acknowledged the Authority as its mother figure and owes them every success they chalked in any tournament, George Lamptey stated.
The Technical Director of GBF and Head Coach of the Black Bombers, Mr. Ofori Asare, added that through the Authority’s support they emerged champions in the global tournament.
He mentioned that, 8 Bombers (male and females) have recently been ranked among the best in the world with Samuel Takyi ranking 1st in Africa and 2nd in the world, which positioning them well them well produce better results in the upcoming Commonwealth Wealth Games in Birmingham, UK by winning more medals for the country.
Coach Ofori Asare applauded the NSA for recruiting more coaches and sending them to the various regions across the country the sport l,an effort which believes will further thrive the sports to win more laurels for the nation.
Also an employee of the National Sports Authority, Coach Ofori Asare is the 1st indigenous Ghanaian to win a boxing medal at the Olympics Games as the other 3 previous medals were won by foreigners (Cubans).
The Communication Officer of GBF,Mr Jojo Ephson equally used the opportunity to commend the Authority for the contribution given to the team during the lockdown in the form of monthly stipends payments.
He pleaded for the continous and enhance support ahead of major international competitions in the future.
“As Ghana’s most successful National Team, the Black Bombers have the competitive edge over all National Teams, the Bombers have won 4 of the GHANA’s Olympics Games Medals (Silver-1960 by Clement Ike Quartey Snr, Eddie Blay Snr-1964 in Tokyo,Prince Amartey-Munich,1972 and now Samuel Takyi reliving the Tokyo nostalgia” he opined.
The Director General of NSA, Prof.Peter Twumasi during his initial comments, was left impressed with the constitency and recognition from the Federation.
He personally applauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for the good works he’s doing for sports and credited Ghana’s achievement at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to His Excellency.
He advised the team to keep the good works and make adequate preparation ahead of the Common Wealth Games and the African Games which will be starting earnest.
To show his appreciation, The Director General rewarded each Boxer with GHS 5,000 and also same amount to be shared among the coach and his assistant with GHS10,000 given to the GBF to be put into a developmental fund for the entire team, all amounting to GHS 30,000.
Samuel Takyi,Tokyo2020 Olympic Games decorated the the NSA Boss and his deputies with the historic medal.
The Deputy Director General -Administration ,Mr.Majeed Bawah, equally used the opportunity to encourage the team to work hard, be focused and stay disciplined whiles he pledged the Authority’s unflinching support to them.
Mr. Kwame Amponfi Jnr, the Deputy Director- Technical, on his part thanked the Director-General for the newly recruited assistant coaches since there was the need for technical handlers.
Also, present were Mr Charles Amofah the PRO of the NSA,Vicent Akai-Nettey(Assistant Coach of the Black Bombers, Sulemanu Tetteh(Captain of the Black Bombers) & Shakul Samed -2019 Africa Games bronze and also 2020 Olympian.
Credit: GBF MEDIA