Renowned sports administrator and President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, Herbert Mensah has urged delegates for the Ghana Olympic Committee elections to vote for the right people to lead the federation.
The Ghana Olympic Committee goes to the polls today, March 15, 2021, to elect new leaders or the next mandated term.
Herbert Mensah who was expected to contest for a position in the elections believes serving on the Board of the Ghana Olympic Committee comes with obligations hence leaders must be devoted.
“The issue is very clear here, we have a divided GOC, we have two fashions in the same political party varying for positions, I served on a board which was dysfunctional, because today those who are standing are all aligned in one section against another section, most of them who are standing now, Richard Akapovie, Mawuku, Charles, Evans, Rev Quarcooe, all served on the previous Board and now I see them actually standing again.”
“I don’t know if whether they were against the things that were going on before but maybe that is the reason the Board never function the way it should have which is what makes this election so momentous and significant.
He continued that, “Ben [Ben Nunoo] decided later in the day to stand again, he wasn’t decided as at last year, whether to stand or not. I have been preview to speak to people on both sides to hear what it is they propose…. I have one message for both of them, Sports is a vacation that everybody has an opinion, I learned that from my days at Kumasi Asante Kotoko and other sporting endeavours I have been involved in different parts of the world, everybody has an opinion”
“And I have always try to say to people to understand that you are not a fan or a Journalist, both of them have very important opinions, but the issue of running sports is quite a different issue here, because it ultimately about money, sports is a big business and your ability to connect with capital, with government, and with decision-makers is critical if you are going to fell the dreams of all those involved and I say despite the fact of the background of both groups in different ways, you should find ways to connect with the government and us very important to those involved in both side.
” Secondly am massively excited about the inclusion of football, my young prodigy at one point, Fred Acheampong is on board, Kurt Okraku and GFA have come on board to help the GOC, I think that hugely important.
” We understand that the politics of sports is football and for them to understand that there are many other sports and can be working together is important for the GOC,
” Am sorry for those who are standing against Fred Acheampong, but naturally our vote at Ghana Rugby will be going in that direction.
” We really going to look at that, there are been a lot of pluses and minors but at the end of the day, those are the two big factors I look at, to be elected into the Board of the GOC and not to be able to contribute anything apart from common sense makes no sense to me, to be involved in fashions that say you were part of something, therefore, I don’t want to talk to you, again makes no sense, the leadership of the GOC needs to come in all block, there is no point in Richard becoming President and the other executive coming from other camps, there is no point in Ben retaining the Presidency and not having the Administrative control of the GOC, that is the hard reality.