Ghana: Coronavirus Break Eases Pressure On Sports Facilities

Pressure on some of the nation’s sports facilities, especially those at the Accra Sports Stadium has eased following the directives to avoid all gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic that has rocked the entire globe.

Barely two weeks after the announcement which was complied by sports federations, sports activities seem to have grinded to a halt, leaving the usually hard-pressed facilities for a few ‘bold’ athletes to patronize.

The DG Hathiramani Sports Hall at the Accra Stadium remains one of the heavily patronized facilities as it serves as host to several numbers of sporting activities.

When the Times Sports visited the facility, yesterday, it was empty with none of the athletes that train there on sight.

It serves as the main training centre for the national boxing team, the Black Bombers and the Black Loopers, the national table tennis team.

Players for other sports disciplines including badminton, judo, taekwondo and other indoor sports also train there but it appears abandoned now due to the pandemic.

Head Coach of the Black Bombers, Ofori Asare told the Times Sports yesterday that the team has had to put their usual training schedule on hold to observe the prescribed protocols to fight the pandemic.

But that, he said, does not mean the boxers are not training.

“Officially we are not camping. We broke camp after the Senegal qualifiers but were to resume training just around the time we were asked to avoid gatherings.