President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah has reiterated the GOC’s commitment in supporting all National Federations under the Olympic Committee.
He said without these Federations, there cannot be a National Olympic Committee (NOC), therefore, it behoved on the GOC to support the
Speaking in an interview with Awake Sports, Ben Nunoo Mensah said the GOC recently disbursed about US$150,000 to the various Federations for their programmes.
He further advised the various sports federations to be transparent and accountable to the GOC, as the grant they were been offered was to support them to have sound foundation to organise their programmes.
He explained that Federations that were not going for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games received GH₵4,000 each while those going for the Games received tranches depending on the number of their athletes.
The funds, according to Mr Nunoo Mensah was mobilised from the GOC’s own coffers with the assistance from the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).
He also stated that GOC has also firmed up an agreement with Indomie to become its official food sponsor.
“As part of the sponsorship the Indomie company will give the GOC GH¢ 50,000 worth of apparel and GH¢10,000 worth of product respectively every year for the next four years which will even factor in the Tokyo Olympics in the year 2022,” he noted.
According to the GOC President a similar arrangement for sponsorship was also ongoing with Twellium Ghana Limited, while his outfit was in discussion with the GNPC and COCOBOD to top up the $150,000 given by ANOCA to support the Olympic solidarity project at Amasaman.
He said the GOC would want to do its best to complement the efforts of government in supporting the travels of national teams since it could not leave the burden of sponsoring national teams on the Ministry of Youth and Sports alone.
He said the trend would continue till a time that the GOC, with its goodwill and credibility, would be able to fund national teams for international assignments on its own.