Sports Bill passed by Parliament of Ghana

The long-awaited Sports Bill has finally been passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana.

The bill is going to replace SMC Decree 54 of 1976 to ensure that a lot of amendments are made to the existing laws governing the running of sports in the country.

This will help establish the National Sports Commission to provide for the development, promotion and management of amateur and professional sports and also to enable the country to operate its sports in conformity with international law practices.

The bill is now subject to the approval of the President of the Republic to become law

President John Mahama now has to assent to the law for it to come into force.

That notwithstanding, Issac Asiamah, who is a member of the of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Sports pointed out that the passing of the bill into law will not necessarily address the most critical sporting issues.

“It is not about passing the bill but what the bill seeks to address. For me, this bill will not address the problems and challenges facing sports. The major challenges is how to get funding for sports and how to ensure that we invest more in sports and the bill will not do that, which is a worry for me,” he told Star FM.

 

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