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    On the blind side of most Ghanaians, the National Democratic Congress of ‘Professor Do Little’ is collapsing sports as an organized event in this country.

    For the first time since 1954, when the then Gold Coast was enrolled into the comity of English speaking nations to participate in what was the Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, the red, gold and green flag of Ghana with the black star superimposed in the middle, would not fly at the games’ venue in New Delhi.

    It is not only a big blow to sports promotion in this land of our birth, but also an affront to the dignity of this nation because the rich kente cloth or the adinkra version, which had always thrilled spectators at the opening march-past of this event, would not be the centre of attraction when 5,000 sportsmen and women from 71 nations assemble in the Indian capital on Saturday, October 3, 2010.

    The absence of Ghanaian athletes in New Delhi would not be taken lightly by India, which is already feeling slighted by the NDC administration’s refusal to occupy the Golden Jubilee House in Accra, after the sub continent had contributed immensely in cash donations to provide this nation with a seat of Government befitting the status of the country that led Black Africa to throw off the colonial yoke.

    The only other time Ghana failed to participate in the Club Games was in Edinburgh1986, in solidarity with other African, Asian and Caribbean nations. The Edinburgh boycott was in protest against Margaret Thatcher’s Government’s attitude towards British sporting links with the then apartheid South Africa.

    This time, it is the foolhardiness of the NDC administration which is persisting in its attempt to take over the running of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).

    The botched attempt to make the GOC respond to the dictates of the old Slave Castle has resulted in Ghanaian athletes being prevented from performing on the Commonwealth stage.

    Ghana has decided to stay away because the NDC Government of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills cannot eat the humble pie after it failed to oust the B.T. Baba administration through fair and foul means.

    Immediately after occupying Government House, the Atta-Mills administration sacked all officials of all national sports associations under the National Sports Council, and replaced them with men and women, many of whom owe allegiance to the Umbrella.

    The Sports Council itself was reconstituted. No prizes are on offer for guessing rightly the political colours of the newly recruited sporting officials.

    When Kojo Bonsu sits in the board chair with Warlonyo Agra as his Chief Executive, you do not need any research to answer for the political connotations.

    Unfortunately, for the new occupants of the old Slave Castle and their agents in sports promotion, the reconstitution came too late for the new men and women with Castle approval to gain the right to contest for seats on the GOC, which was preparing for its cycle of four-year polls.

    By the constitutional mandate of the GOC, the Olympic body is obliged to serve a 21-day notice to the various sporting associations interested in fielding candidates at the polls.

    By the time the Atta-Mills boys and girls in sports had taken their seats, the GOC had already served its notice for the 2009 elections.

    On the day of the election, government agents stormed the polling grounds where potential voters had already appended their names to attendant and polling sheets.

    Nii Lante Vanderpuye, officially designated as an aide to the President, was fingered to have destroyed official documents and got those without mandates to be elected as new officials of the Ghana Olympic Committee.

    Prof. Francis Dodoo, Member of the Transitional Team of the NDC, was deemed to have been elected President of the GOC.

    Irked by the arrogant display of political cronyism, the old GOC sought the opinion of the International Olympic Committee, which threw its considerable weight behind the B.T. Baba-led GOC.

    The Atta-Mills administration refused to do business with the B.T. Baba group. Instead, it got the Serious Fraud Office to harass the new body, threatening brimstone and fire.

    The GOC was thrown out of its offices and hauled before the SFO. When the Baba group refused to co-operate with the SFO, the fraud office ordered all accounts held by the GOC in various banks to be frozen. It then hauled the GOC before the High Court to get legal backing to its misdeeds.

    In a landmark decision in Accra on April 1, 2010, Mr. Justice S.K.A. Asiedu ruled in Suit No. AP 43/2010 that the SFO has no power to investigate the GOC. The freezing of the GOC accounts was therefore illegal. To set the records straight, I would like to quote some of the relevant portions of the ruling.

    “I am convinced that the State of Ghana has no financial interest, as envisaged within the enactment in the Ghana Olympic Committee such as to empower the Serious Fraud Office to bring the Ghana Olympic Committee under Section 3(1) (a) of Act 466 for the purpose of investigation. I do not think that the applicant has satisfied the requirements imposed on it by section 3(1) (a) of Act 466 that it must investigate institutions in which the State has financial interest.

    “In my view, the whole exercise began by the Director of Serious Fraud Office in purporting to bring the Ghana Olympic Committee under Section 3 (1) (a) of the Act is ultra vires the limited powers granted it under the enactment.

    “I will therefore refuse the application and make an order under section 13(12) of Act 466, unfreezing the accounts and other assets of the Ghana Olympic Committee which were frozen by the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.”

    Instead of the Government co-operating with the GOC, through its legal agents, the National Sports Council, to get Ghanaian athletes to be registered for the Commonwealth Games, the Atta-Mills Administration refused to deal with the GOC, leading to Ghana’s failure to present its list of athletes to compete in the Commonwealth Games to the relevant international organization responsible for the New Delhi games.

    For the uninitiated, the Commonwealth Games has been Ghana’s most successful medal hunting ground in international sports.

    Apart from the then Gold Coast’s maiden appearance at the Vancouver Games in 1954, when lack of facilities for training back home and the inexperience of her boxers sent to the games conspired to rob the nation of medals, and the 1982 Games in Brisbane, when Ghana was under curfew imposed by the military junta of the Provisional National Defence Council and therefore could not prepare adequately, Ghana has always distinguished herself at the Commonwealth Games.

    In the Cardiff Games of 1958, the newly independent nation won a solitary bronze medal from the ring. Four years later, Ghana left the arena at Perth as the strongest boxing nation in the Commonwealth with a medal haul of nine – two gold, four silver and two bronze.

    Lightweight Eddie Blay and light-welterweight Ike Quartey won gold. Silver medalists for Ghana were flyweight Cassis Aryee, bantamweight Sulley Shittu, middleweight Thomas Armi and light-heavyweight Jojo Myles. Featherweight Amos Ajao and light-middleweight R. Okine were credited with the bronze medals.

    If 1962 was relatively successful for Ghana, the 1966 Commonwealth Games really announced Ghana’s arrival at the summit of international sport.

    Ghana retained her title as the strongest boxing nation in the Commonwealth with three gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

    Flyweight Sulley Shittu, welterweight Eddie Blay and middleweight Joe Darkey climbed out of the ring with gold medals. Light-welterweight Aaron Popoola and heavyweight Adonis Ray were decorated with silver medals.

    Ghana’s athletic contingent took the games by storm. Stan Allotey stunned the world with a new record in the 220 yards with a new time of 20.65 secs.

    He then anchored the 4×110 yards quartet featuring B.K. Mends, Ebenezer Addy and James Addy to grab the second gold in athletics with a new games record of 39.8 secs.

    The Melbourne Games of 2006 brought two gold medals and a bronze medal. Ignacious Gaizah grabbed gold in the long jump while Majete Fetrie was successful in the 80 kg category of the weight-lifting.

    Awusome Yekeni got a bronze in boxing to bring the total medal haul in the Commonwealth Games so far to 51- 15 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze.

    Unfortunately for lovers of sports, it is not only the GOC that is fighting for its life from the tentacles of the NDC administration.

    As you read this article, a member of the executive committee of the Ghana Football Association has gone to court seeking to restrain the Serious Fraud Office from what surely amounts to a witch-hunt of the leadership of the GFA.

    The SFO has hauled Kwesi Nyantakyi before it to account for sponsorship money dating from God knows when. But I can state without any qualms that it is part of a gigantic plot to remove Kwesi Nyantakyi and those perceived not to be in tune with Umbrella politics and replace them with foot-soldiers of the NDC. It is the finale in the grand plot to bring sports in Ghana under the firm grip of the NDC. I can tell you!

    Source: Daily Guide
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    So apart from the many woes that we as a people go through, this also has to be a part of it? A government conspiring against its own people.... Is it so impossible for different parties to work together? Or is the current stock of world knowledge invested only in the ruling party? Or perhaps power corrupts? So if for every step we shall be taken back many more, then what is the use of it all? It is amazing that for such an important event, power play squabbles is the reason for not showing up. I seriously bore!!!

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    That's the problem with Ghana. We never build on the past but rather destroy and start all over so we never advance.

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    When it comes to issues about Ghana, nothing surprises me anymore. We will battle our own just so to party when they're down. The " if it ain't me then nobodyelse" mentality coupled with the corruption is stifling our progress but we've got no eyes to see this.

    I quite remember a kid I grew up with in my neighborhood in Modesto. Cali, made the Olympics try out,OH ! the joy he brought the entire commmunity. Everyone and their granny will mention this kids name and the City's with pride wherever they had the opportunity to do so. The neighborhood kids went on fund raising car wash campaigns for this Olympics prospect,and it was just a try out for the Olympics....LOL

    Imagine what would have been had he been a Ghanaian.... My point is Ghanaians will support anyone else with their souls but will crash their own kin no matter how innovative or talented they are...
    History to the Ghanaian is just a fable..nothing to build on.
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    I don't get it. What has Mills done to destroy our sports ? Shouldn't we be pointing fingers at ourselves ?

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