The chairman of the Greater Accra Hockey Association (GAHA), Mr Adolf Adjei, has appealed to the government to offer tax reliefs to corporate bodies, institutions and individuals to entice them to sponsor hockey and other lesser sports in the country.
He said the youth with potentials in such disciplines would be eager to nurture and develop them to become top class sports personalities if government offered tax reliefs to companies for them venture to sponsor the game across the country.
Mr Adjei, who has been sponsoring the Greater Accra Hockey League for the past five years, said since his company - Sapholda - took over the sponsorship, the competitive spirit in the league had been rekindled to make it more attractive.
According to Mr Agyei, the present administration of the Ghana Hockey Association, (GHA) headed by Dr K. D. Asante had initiated a programme to develop two astro turf pitches in both Kumasi and Cape Coast.
He said Dr Asante was also negotiating to introduce three coaches from Australia for them to collaborate with their Ghanaian counterparts to improve the techniques and strategies in playing the game.
He said the presence of Australia coaches in Ghana was likely to transform the game in the country to enable players to compete effectively at the international level.
“We have the potentials across the country so if we develop hockey infrastructure in Kumasi and Cape Coast, and the foreign coaches arrive, it will open up the game across the country to make the sport more attractive to the youth” he assured.
Mr Adjei paid glowing tribute to Exchequers of Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Royal Ladies of Ghana Revenue Authority for winning the male and female divisions of the Sapholda Hockey League this year and urged them to focus on their training in order to excel in the Hockey Club for Club Championships scheduled for Abuja in December.
He said as the defending champions of the ladies division in Africa, GRA needed to focus on their training to retain the trophy they won last year.
He also commended GRA Men and Police Ladies for coming up as runners-up for the league, saying, since they would also be participating in the Abuja tournament so they should train hard to help Ghana to win gold at the tournament.