This year’s National Youth Festival which will see top talent from around the country compete in various disciplines has received a huge boost following the decision of HFC Bank, to support the competition with kits and trophies.
The Bank reached an agreement with the Ghana Education Service (GES) last year to support the festival for the next three years.
The Central Region capital of Cape Coast will host this year’s competition which will run from August 22 to August 23.
A presentation ceremony held at the Bank’s premises saw a sample of the athletes model the kits.
The Ghana Tokyo Gold Agenda (GTG) which is geared towards raising athletes to win gold for the nation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was launched during last year’s ceremony by the Bank, and Board chairman of the bank Charles Zwennes reiterated the bank’s intention to carry out the agenda.
He admonished the state and all stakeholders involved to use the competition as a contact point to change the approach and attitude towards the development of athletics.
“I’m glad to inform you that the bank has engaged the stakeholders in athletics earlier this year and we are planning to have the development path for the talents from the basic level and the talents to be identified at the festival,” he said.
“We must raise the standards of athletics in Ghana. We hold a high position in the continent but we are not adequately represented when it comes to achieving awards and medals in international meets and competitions. Ghana cannot always be mere participants in international games.
“We must be seen as winners, and the only way to do this is to interested in junior level athletics and to support it.”