He noted that the sport of wheelchair basketball started in 1960 and was initially designed to help disabled people become very active and independent adding that now it is one of the mainstream sports.
Mr Dhani urged all stakeholders to continue to do their best in developing disabled sport especially wheelchair basketball into a world class sport adding that he is looking forward to witnessing Ghana’s growth and seeing them compete in international competitions.
Receiving the items, the Director General of the National Sport Authority, Mr Wolanyo Agra expressed his delight at the new dimension that disabled sports is taking adding that the achievements of the disabled athlete at All Africa Games has awaken society to their abilities and this fact is further buttressed by the award of a disabled athlete as the sports personality of the year.
He tasked the secretary general to ensure that before the year ends, the association organises a wheelchair basketball competition and urged the athletes to feel confident since their abilities are needed in the building of our nation
In a related development, Officials from United Kingdom Disabled People Council and the National Council of Persons with Disability, Ghana yesterday called on the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Mr Wolanyo to share their knowledge and strategies in helping the country develop disabled sports particularly wheelchair basketball in Ghana.
They noted that the upcoming Paralympics has heightened enthusiasm for disabled sports and therefore the country needs to take advantage of the global interest in the sport and promote it. Already basketball teams have been formed in all ten regions in the country and a basketall league will soon commence.
Welcoming them to his office, the Director General noted that their visit could not have come at a better time and applauded their efforts in introducing wheelchair basketball in other to arouse the interest of sports enthusiasts and break the overconcentration on football. He also pledged his outfit’s support for their activities.