He acknowledged that Taekwondo is the most active sporting discipline in Ghana with participation throughout the ten regions of Ghana, and especially among second cycle schools.
He urged Ghanaians to involve themselves in the international programme to make it successful.
He urged the Ghana Taekwondo fraternity not to be divided as the GOC and IOC recognizes only one body in a country, so those who have formed the Greater Accra Region Association and fighting the President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation who is Treasurer of the GOC must try to unite with the recognized body.
He noted that hosting the 1st Ghana Open has led to the renovation of facilities at the Accra Sports Stadium, which others may benefit from.
Mr. Fred Otu Lartey, President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation explained that the World Taekwondo (WT) has been rebranded, and the tournament is open to male and female athletes above 17 years, with the first Dan and international certification.
He hinted that so far 12 countries have registered to take part; Italy, Turkey, Malawi, USA, Togo, Benin, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Senegal, Cote D Voire and Ghana.
Mr. Otu Lartey named some ex athletes, Mr. Charles Hanson Adu, Mr. Alex Da Rocha, Mr. Alex Mallet, Captain Edward Abban and some companies like Puma Energy, Epsilon Security, Accra City Hotel, Big Tanko Ltd, Korean Embassy, the NSA and others who are supporting the Championship.
He praised the NSA and GOC for their massive backing and urged the media to publicise the event for Ghanaians to be aware and come to the Sports Hall to witness the 1st Ghana Open which is sanctioned by the World Taekwondo (WT).
Steve Amegashie, Technical Director of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation briefed the media on the rules of the Championship.
Members of the Press joined the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, NSA and GOC executives to inspect progress of work at the venue of the event.
By Sammy Heywood Okine