The Ghana Athletics Association is working with the World Athletics and the Confederation of Africa Athletics to train some Ghanaians as part of efforts to ensure that Ghana has adequate officers and technical staff for the 2023 African Games.
The one week Technical Official Education Certification System (TOECS) program, which started on Monday, February 15, 2021, will end on Friday.
Speaking at the training program Dr Ofosu Asare, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2023 African Games revealed that the program will go a long way to help Ghana get good officers and technical staff.
“This training marks the beginning of Ghana’s preparation for a successful organization of the 2023 African games. It also lays a solid foundation for the GAA to prepare its technical personnel for the Games. It also grants the commencement of the long journey for you the participants to in becoming international technical officials capable of officiating athletics event across the world,” he said
“It is a great opportunity that has been afforded you so you need to take advantage. This is a journey that you have started and it’s a plan by the GAA to ensure that we improve upon the referees that we have,”
“I am saying that Ghana’s success in the hosting of the 2023 African Games depends not only on addressing our infrastructure deficiencies, meeting the needs of athletics or improving on our medals during the games but also on our technical experts’ ability to deliver as expected,” he ended.
Bawa Fuseini, the Chief Executive Officer of the GAA mentioned that the program will help the technical staff improve their knowledge so that they can get involved in games in Africa and beyond.
“The essence of the course is to build the capacity of our officials so that they will be able to officiate not only in Ghana but in Africa and beyond,”
“We have consciously selected the very best for this course. The least qualification is a first degree in PR and we have two or three who have PHDs in PE,” he added.
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