The Mayor of Accra has stated that investing in lesser-known sports would help unearth great talents, which would go a long way to curb the unemployment situation in the country.
According to him sports remains the easiest and the most convenient way of dealing with issues of unemployment in the city, hence government’s interest to develop lesser known sports.
The Mayor said this on Tuesday when 'True Hustlers' from Chorkor winners of the maiden edition of the Parleys Tug of War competition presented their trophy to him in Accra.
He noted that there were raw talents in low income communities that need to be polished to win medals for the country and assured the Accra Metropolitan Assembly's (AMA) commitment to support any effort required to develop lesser known sports.
"As much as I appreciate the fact that we have to build factories, industries that will employ a lot of people, we have raw talents in our low income communities, that can be polished and supported to win medals so for myself and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, we are ready to support any effort that is required to develop our sports industry especially the lesser known sports," he said.
The Mayor urged the winners of the tournament to train hard and consider the sports as a profession since there would be international competitions to participate in.
He also commended the organizers of the tournament, Dreamland Sports Plus for their vision and mission to promote the sports and urged them to expand the sports to other communities and engaged the youth in positive activities.
The President of Ghana Tug of War Association and Youth Coordinator of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Emmanuel Olla Williams, announced that plans were far advanced to involve communities such as Abossey Okai, James Town and Avenor in the upcoming tournament slated for December 8.
Mr. Saka Acquaye, Deputy Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) advised the youth to do sports as there were so many disciplines to choose from.