The Ghana Wheel Chair Basketball Federation (GWBF) has inaugurated its Volta Regional branch in Ho.
The Volta Regional Branch is the second to be inaugurated after the inception of the Greater Accra Regional branch.
The National Federation President, Max Vardon who graced the occasion chronicled how the federation started as a fun game and now a professional sport.
Mr Vardon said the physically challenged sport [Wheel Chair Basketball] has come to enhance the less privileged economically and assist them in gaining employment through sports.
He added that the inauguration of the federation is an important step towards sport development in the region.
“Well I think it’s a very significant step, the Ghana wheel chair basketball federation is huge and has a lot of potential”.
He promised to contribute and help bring a new meaning into the sport [Wheel Chair Basketball] in the region and beyond.
He however urged the media to help promote activities of the federation.
A seven member executive was officially inaugurated to start operations in the region.
James Gunu will serve as Chairman, whiles Carl Kofi Tettey assists him as his vice.
Fred Duhoe is the Secretary, Christain Chebueze is the media personnel attached the federation. Hikson Pius Godslove is a representative from the player front and Wisdom Dorvlo serves as Treasurer whiles Charles Gomadonku is the federations Coach.
The Director of the National Sports Authority, Volta, Mr Kwame Ampofi Jr. who represented the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa, pledged his support towards any move to propel the federation. Dr Letsa donated an amount of GHC500 towards preliminary activities of the Federation.
Members of the newly inaugurated federation then appealed to the regional minister to be its life-Patron.
Also at the ceremony was the Volta regional coordinator of the Sports Writers Association, of Ghana (SWAG), Volta, Eric Eli Adzie, who vouched his Associations support in terms of publicity and tasked members of the federation not to be dormant like some sporting federations in the region.
It would be recalled that in December last year the Ghana Wheel Chair Basketball team, Black Chariots was engulfed with the “no money syndrome” from the Ministry of Youth and Sports as they failed to turn up for the African Qualifiers in South Africa.
The development according to sources at the Federation has attracted a fine of USD 10,000 on Ghana.