We have not neglected our responsibilities in COVID-19 period – Sports Ministry replies critics

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports has dispelled claims it has neglected the sports industry since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.

According to the Ministry, contrary to these media publications, it is considering a stimulus package that is tailored for the sports industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

All sporting activities in the country, including the football leagues, have been suspended as a result of the pandemic leaving stakeholders, particularly, club owners frustrated and uncertain about their investment in the industry.

The seeming silence of the Sports Ministry throughout the whole COVID-19 period has got some raising concerns over the leadership and direction from the Ministry in these difficult times.

However, in a statement signed by Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Kenneth Annang said the Ministry indicated it has been working to develop stimulus packages that would cushion the sector adding that it would soon be made public.

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“The attention of the Ministry of Youth & Sports has been drawn to publications in the
media stating that the Ministry has neglected the sporting sector in the wake of the
Coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry has indeed received a number of requests from various stakeholders in the sports sector, which the Ministry is considering for a stimulus package peculiar to the sector,” the statement said.

The statement further said “By itself, the Ministry has earlier met stakeholders particularly those preparing for various international games and competitions to design packages that will cushion them, even as the issues dealing with say, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games pan out with a decision on the final dates for the Games. These discussions will also cover all other local competitions.”

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