Star Assurance, McDan, Asa Savings support Black Cranes

 The National Weightlifting team, the Black Cranes has received financial boost from three institutions ahead of the team’s International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and Commonwealth Championships in Malaysia.

Star Assurance gave the team a cheque for GH₵12,000.00 with McDan Group also presenting the cedi equivalent of US$1,000 to support the team for the competition.

Asa Savings and loans also supported the team with a cheque of GH¢5,000.00.

At a short presentation at the office of Star Assurance, the Deputy Managing Director of Star Assurance, Mr Samuel Ocran said the support was in line with his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He said it is now a known fact that government alone cannot fund the development of sports and that it was time the corporate world came in to support government.

He wished the team well and hoped they will return with medals.

The President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), Mr Ben Nunoo-Mensah, thanked that management of Star Assurance for their timely intervention.

He said the ‘No Money Syndrome’ in the country has affected the growth of sports and appealed to the corporate world to lend a helping hand to the Ghanaian youth to realise their dreams.

The Managing Director of Asa Savings and loans, Mohammed Aourcongjeb said the presentation marks the start of a collaboration between the two bodies, adding that, they were delighted to be part of the success story of the Black Cranes.

He said “we hope our little support will push the team to do well in the competition and win medals for the country.”

The Black Cranes would take part in two International competitions in Penang, Malaysia with a contingent of six athletes comprising three technical staff, two officials and a journalist.

The team would depart Accra tomorrow for Malaysia.

A total budget of about USD$67,000 was sent to the Sports Ministry through the National Sports Authority (NSA) last month by the GWF but as at last Friday, there has been no response from the Ministry and the NSA, even though the Minister promised he will do whatever he could to help.

The president of the GWF said with the support from the three institutions and other close relations, have been able to buy return tickets for the athletes and would need an additional US$15,000 to cater for accommodation and feeding as well as affiliation and entry fees.

GNA

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