The Director General of the National Sports Authority, Prof. Peter Twumasi has waded into the ancient argument of reducing the number of sporting federations in Ghana.
There are currently forty four associations registered under the National Sports Authority and these exclude Para Sports Associations.
The number of federations has become a cause of worry as the sports media in the country believe it is a strain on the budget for the sports sector.
However, Prof. Twumasi believes that despite the strain in fiances, the benefits associated with the various sports cannot be overlooked.
“When I came we did the categorization of the federations.
“Not all Federations even compete at the international level but in terms of the benefits associated with the various sports it cannot be overlooked.
“It might not be a federation that is mainly thinking about going to compete on the international level but it provides opportunities at the local level.
“For health improvement, for building cohesion in our society among others.
“Once they go through the existing processes to get recognized I believe they should be allowed to function.
“Also these bodies don’t depend solely on the government for financial support but also on the private sector,” he told Citi Sports in an interview.
Five new sports associations have been added to the National Sports Authorities portfolio in the last twenty four months.