The National Democratic Congress on September 7, 2020, launched its 2020 manifesto ahead of the December elections.
The manifesto which has been themed ‘The People’s Manifesto’, came with a lot of promises for various sectors.
For sports, the NDC promised to continue to support the development of well-known sports and also invest in lesser-known ones to build a vibrant sports industry.
They also promised to develop sports infrastructure in the country when they are voted into power.
Here are the NDC’s plans for sports:
Plans to develop well-known sports and also invest in lesser-known sports
a. Establish a Sports Development Fund to promote sports in Ghana.
b. Develop a comprehensive National Sports Policy to outline the vision and strategies for sports development in Ghana with an emphasis on female sports and remuneration of sports persons.
c. Provide opportunities for training in sports medicine, sports science and management/administration in sports through the proposed Sports University.
d. Revive and invest in the inter-schools and colleges games.
e. Support sports persons to win trophies in international competitions.
f. Facilitate tax exemption/relief regimes to motivate private sponsorship and promotion of sports in the country.
g. Promote and provide funding and invest in the development of the lesser-known and indigenous sports.
h. Promote and develop Beach Soccer.
i. Develop a framework with the various Sports Associations for promoting and marketing our domestic sports.
j. Ensure the successful hosting and organization of the 13th Africa Games to be hosted in Ghana in September 2023.
k. Develop a sustainable framework for sports financing in Ghana including the facilitation of financing reliefs to motivate public and private sector sponsorship and sports promotion in the country.
l. Transform football from a large social entertainment enterprise to a strategic business with both Government and private sector investment.
m. Encourage and support youth (colts) football and, by extension, youth sports as a cornerstone of Ghana’s sporting regime.
Plans for sports infrastructure development
a. Develop specific Sports Centres of Excellence in the three geographical zones of Ghana.
b. Develop a strategic framework for the construction of stadia in all districts across the country to scout for sports talents.
c. Upgrade the Winneba Sports College into a state-of-the-art Sports University with campuses in selected regions to enhance the human resource base and development of sports in the West African sub-region to provide opportunities for training and capacity building in sports management and administration as well as sports management and science.
d. Continue and complete the New Edubiase Stadium started by the NDC Government.
e. Establish sports recreational facilities in communities in every district.
f. Use the Sports Development Fund to assist the Sports Associations to provide and improve remuneration and welfare of local sportsmen and women.
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