The Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Prof. Peter Twumasi, has described the hosting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as a victory for the world and athletes to conquer the coronavirus.
Motivating Team Ghana ahead of the opening ceremony at the Games Village when he led the government delegation to visit the athletes and officials, he praised the federation heads and athletes for their sacrifice and qualification.
He urged the athletes to go all out to grab some of the many medals at stake and make history as they are the chosen ones among 30 million Ghanaians.
According to the NSA boss, whenever sports personalities shine, it gives the country energy and people do not get sick, as many diseases get cured.
Prof. Twumasi, who was accompanied by other dignitaries, commended the athletes and officials for demonstrating good behaviour throughout their stay in Japan and specifically acknowledged the support of Ghana's Ambassador to Japan, Mr Frank Okyere, to the contingent since their arrival in Japan.
He extended greetings of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Mustapha Ussif, to the team and assured them of his coming to Tokyo to support them and ensure that all their budgetary allocations were met.
Also present were Team Ghana’s Chef de Mission, Mr Mike Aggrey and the Secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Mohammed Sahnoon.
Ghana’s team camped in Inawashiro Town in Japan and Baltimore in the United States of America, before moving into the Games Village to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which officially began last Friday.
Despite all the inconveniences due to the coronavirus disease, Ghana's athletes remain emotionally strong and ready for the global games.
The colourful opening ceremony was attended by a limited number of participants due to restrictions imposed by the IOC to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan during the Games.
Fans have been banned from coming to Tokyo for the Games and Japanese will also not be allowed to the stadium to watch the events.
However, all the competitions will be globally broadcast on TV, radio, internet to connect nations in the biggest sports festival.
Team Ghana was impressive at the opening ceremony with flag bearer, Nadia Eke, stealing the show with her dancing steps.
In all, 205 nations are participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with 11,326 athletes competing in 339 events covering 33 sports.