He said the fight for peace and unity must be pursued constantly to ward off the creeping and destructive effects of civil unrest and wars. “Let us use sports to unite our people and promote peace for development” he said.
The Youth and Sports Minister gave made this call at the closing ceremony of the second ECOWAS Games at the Elwak Sports Stadium in Accra on Friday.
He added that when the use of sports for peace and unity is adhered to, the youth in the sub-region of Africa, will become an integral part of peace in the future. This he said was the essence of the ECOWAS Games to bring the youth together to chart the future for peace and development.
Hon. Humado also called on the various sports ministry in ECOWAS and Africa as a whole to strengthen the various sporting disciplines in their country and continue to support the so-called ‘lesser known sports’ and strive to be competitive at both local and international tournaments.
He added that said the only way Africans can excel in both local and international competitions is to support these sports by providing them with the necessary equipments, resources and facilities to improve the performance of the various sportsmen and women.
He said the games have given the opportunity to the young athletes to make new friends across nationalities and also sports administrators from the various countries have also shared some ideas in making sports in the region better.
The minister again said the games have also served as a test platform for athletes who will be participating in the forthcoming London Olympic Games in July and August this year.
He said the ECOWAS games have hopefully taken the region a step closer towards the realization of the ‘ECOWAS Vision 2020’, which seeks to move the community from an ‘ECOWAS of States’ to an ‘ECOWAS of People’.
He also commended the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for their hard work and dedication in making the games a success.