NDC member calls for collaboration between Ghana and Jamaica

Accra, Mr Chris Addy-Nayo a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Buem Constituency, has called has for collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) and Sports Faculty of the University of Technology, Jamaica.

He said this collaboration would help to revamp the Ghana’s dwindling fortunes in the track and field events and promote sporting excellence.

A statement issued by Mr Addy-Nayo said, he made the call during a visit to Jamaica, where he met with Mr Anthony Davies, the Director of the Faculty of Sports at the University of Technology (UTECH) in Kingston.

The Faculty of Sports, UTECH, has trained World renowned Jamaican athletes including Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson and many more.

It said the annual Grand-Prix, the UTECH Classics was one of the major Athletic events in the Caribbean and Americas patronised by upcoming athletes from around the region.

It also helps to organise the CHAMPS, the competitive High School Jamaican Track and Field Championships, to unearths future Jamaican athletes, it added.

Mr Addy-Nayo called for collaboration between Jamaican Sports Institutions like UTECH, Ghanaian Universities and Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), for their common development in achieving sporting excellence, which could help reduce poverty in both countries and encourage sustainable development.

Mr Davies explained that it has been a culmination of 40 years of perseverance, support from the state, local communities and more so the determination of individual athletes.

He said their facilities were basic and they rely mainly on local and natural materials, which he believed were similar and could be found in Ghana.

He said Jamaican athletes, unlike those in the developed countries were not trained to rely on sophisticated machinery, but rather their natural strength, eat their own locally grown food like yam and vegetables and develop their own indigenous strategies.

He believed the simple environmentally and locally developed strategies, which has helped Jamaican athletes to be amongst the best in the world and as developing countries with similar challenges, we need to share experiences and learn from each other for our countries development.

Source: Ghana News Agency