George Lutterodt former Chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has declared Ghana as a “mono sports nation” following the decision of the Government to allocate a whopping $25million towards the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the 2020 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
“I think we are basically telling the world that Ghana is a mono sports nation. We are not even only a mono sports nation but only Black Stars.
“We put all our eggs in one basket for glory and every four years we are disappointed. With the level of attention given to the Black Stars in terms of resources at the detriment of other sporting disciplines, I have no regret but to say Ghana is a mono sports nation,” he told Sportsnetgh TV in an exclusive interview.
He argued that, there were so many sporting disciplines in the country crying out loud for help and which needs to be developed, yet we have this fixation… “the Black Stars, the Black Stars”.
“If you spend 99% of the budget on the Black Stars, what is there for athletics, netball, basketball, boxing, athletics, and others?” he quizzed.
“This unnecessary attention and huge resource allocation to the Black Stars keeps bringing enmity between the others sports and football or the Black Stars, a clear case is what happened in Brazil,” he added.
“Ministers have come and gone but one thing is constant… Black Stars, Black Stars,” he stated.
Speaking on the performance of the national relay team in Poland, Mr. Lutterodt said, let me congratulate them for picking a qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
They have done really well and I must commend them for the great show. This means that with the necessary support they can go far.
“Let us give them our support and see how they will perform. I heard the National Sports Authority (NSA) did their best for them. I think they can do better with the needed resources”.
Lutterodt added that the conduct of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Government was demoralizing sportsmen and women in their other disciplines and must end now.
“There is an athlete who is going to compete for Ghana and you are saying she should foot her air ticket. These kinds of things I find difficult to understand,” he noted.
“Other sporting disciplines are all dead and it’s such a shame because countries are ripping rewards from all sports.
“Ghana is not a football nation but rather a sporting nation, a Black Stars nation and that is why every four years whether you qualify or not you get disappointed,” he stated.
He said there were so many sporting disciplines that can bring the nation joy but we tend to over-rely on the Black Stars.
According to him, the poor performance of the Black Stars as a result of the neglect of the other sporting disciplines, because those days when other sports were doing well, so was the Black Stars.
“There is a law of karma I believe you pull others down, others will pull you down as well, push others up they will push you up too that is a simple analogy”.