The Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has advised that the politicization of sports will be detrimental to the development and promotion of sports in the country.

He said the personalization and the politicization of issues was gradually serving as the bane of the growth of sports in the country.

Osagyefo Ofori Panin, who was the guest-of-honour at the 35th MTN-SWAG Awards Night held on Saturday said the practice is gradually killing sports and called for necessary measures to be taken to address it.

"Remove sports from politics. We should stop the personalization and politicization of issues."

The Okyehene made those comments in reference to the Ghana Olympic Committee's (GOC) impasse, which has placed the nation's participation at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games slated for India in great doubt.

Despite not revered for sports, the Okyehene said he has been following the issues closely and called on the appropriate bodies to resolve the matter amicably for the sake of Ghana sports.

He also called for a stop to the personalization of issues of national interest by some individuals for their personal gains.

The Okyhene also advised sports men and women to always remember to give back to society as they move up the ladder of success.

"Always think about Ghana first and what you can accomplish. Also all should remember to create opportunities for the young ones."

Osagyefo Ofori Panin also commended the Black Stars on their spectacular performance at the South Africa 2010 World Cup where they painfully bowed at the quarter-finals after losing 2-4 on penalties to Uruguay.

The 35th edition of the annual event was to reward sporting personalities for their achievements in 2009.

Black Stars striker Dominic Adiyiah was named the Sports Personality of the Year ahead of compatriots Michael Essien and John Pantsil.