17, GNA – The Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF), has wrapped up its three-month
Development of National Sports System (DNSS) programs, after a ten-day 2nd
National License Coaching Course, which ended at the Korea Sports complex and
the WAM Taekwondo Academy.
programs, the 2nd National Licence Referees Course for 42, first Refresher
Course for 40 and a five-day residential Administrators Seminar for 20
participants, was sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)through
the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).
participants at the closing ceremony, the President of the GTF, Frederick
Lartey Otu was empathic of the impact, the three month DNSS program, would have
on the federation.
wishes to assure the GOC that the DNSS would have a lasting impact on
has enabled the Federation to put new systems in place and train members to
play new roles or old roles effectively. Taekwondo is taking a new turn and the
Federation is grateful for the support it has been receiving from the GOC.
current executive board came into office over five years ago, the Federation
has benefited from IOC support secured for the Federation by the GOC, which
include, training scholarship for two athletes in 2014, Olympic Solidarity
Technical Course for 20 coaches (two coaches from each region), and now the
DNSS for a total number of 102 participants from all the regions.”
He also called
for support from all stakeholders in the development of the combat sport, while
cautioning the beneficiaries of the three programs to be dedicated to the
development of the sport in their communities.
stands in need for more assistance to cope with International standards and
produce world class athletes. We are counting on our key partners, the GOC, the
National Sports Authority, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean
Residents Association in Ghana for support. We are preparing proposals for
support to our stakeholders, and we hope for greater cooperation to realise the
“To my coaches
and instructors, I wish to emphasize that each member of the Federation has a
role to play. The executive board has worked tirelessly to secure support for
championships and training courses over the past few years. Your role is to go
to the schools and centres in your communities and open more Taekwondo clubs.
You acknowledge the quality of the training that you have received and you must
not go back and relax. You must work harder and get more Taekwondo students. We
are all in Taekwondo because we love the sport but we can never realise our
highest potentials as administrators, coaches, referees and athletes if we do
not dedicate efforts to developing the sports in our communities.”