Professor Peter Twumasi, Director-General for the National Sports Authority (NSA), has cautioned the various federations to desist from litigation, as medals are not won in the law courts, but on the field.
According to Professor Twumasi, the long protracted legal battles had caused serious damages to federations, as it had driven sponsors and potential sponsors away, adding that it was not good for sports development.
Professor Twumasi made this known in Accra, when Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe called on him to present his medal won at the just ended Arizona Desert Wheelchair Challenge that saw Botsyo qualify for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in a record time of 14.22 seconds.
He noted that the NSA was there to give support and assistance to all federation, as well as individuals who were serious and keen on raising high the Ghana flag.
“I must take this opportunity to congratulate Botsyo for his heroics in the Desert Challenge, where he didn’t only excel as an athlete but raised the flag of Ghana high and also improved on his personal time.
“I must also congratulate other para-athletes for doing so well for Ghana, by winning many laurels and awards for the nation.
“Let me emphasize that sports development is all about cooperation and cohesion. If we work in unity in our various federations and amongst ourselves, we would win more than this.
“Let the litigation be a thing of the past, it is breaking our neck and drawing us back, which is also driving sponsorships away, because no sponsor would want to be associated with a litigant association or individual.
“We don’t win medals in court but on the field, where good and right atmosphere coupled with good preparations are a guarantee for success,” he added.
He further noted that the NSA was willing to give the necessary support at any given time, if the right things were done.
“Put your houses order and we at NSA would be more than willing to support and help in any way possible, no individual would be encouraged to sponsor litigation”.
Mr Botsyo, who has broken the all-time African record and his personal record said “I thank the NSA and Professor Twumasi for the plane ticket and the help I received ahead of the Desert challenge in Arizona USA.
“I went to represent Ghana at a big stage and it was very successful, where I set a new record and broke the African record with 14.22 seconds in the 100m wheelchair competition”.