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Banker Promotes Badminton 7/24/2011
Badminton, a lesser-known sport in the country, is gradually gaining the attention of residents of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
Thanks to Mr. William Odoi, a banker by profession, Badminton is now being held in high esteem in the Garden City.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE SPORTS, Mr. Odoi said he loves the sport and he would do everything possible to make it popular in Kumasi.
Currently, he said, he has assembled about 20 youth, 12 males and eight females, who are being trained to become professional badminton players.
A badminton player himself, Mr. Odoi said he has over the last two years been sponsoring and training these youngsters.
Items such as rackets and shuttle corks as well as transportation and feeding of these kids are being taken care of by Mr. Odoi single-handedly.
He said his aim is to grow the game in Kumasi and for that matter Ghana as a whole, stressing that the sport is interesting and good for the body.
Mr. Odoi, who is the immediate past Vice Chairman of the Badminton Association of Ghana, noted that he also wants to get the youth off the streets.
He disclosed that his biggest challenge so far is where to train the young boys and girls.
Mr. Odoi noted that a youth center at Atonsu where his kids train is now not connected with electricity and without proper illumination they cannot play badminton.
According to him, some foreigners who used the facility sometime ago incurred a debt of about GH¢9,000 and this has compelled the ECG to disconnect the facility from the national grid.
Mr. Odoi appealed to the government to intervene to make the ECG reconnect electricity to the facility to enable the kids benefit fully from the national asset.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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