Johnny Lewis once said, “Be 100 percent disciplined and you have a good chance of success; without it, you will never reach great heights whether in business or sport.” He was right as discipline – the ability for an individual to have self-restraint and to behave and practice in a strict, controlled manner is key in sports.
For this reason, the Northern Regional Minister Hon. Salifu Saeed has advised Ghanaian sportsmen and women to allow discipline, hard work and Good conduct guide them in all their dealings.
He said if they cultivated and jealously maintained these excellent moral qualities, it would help them to chalk greater successes in their professional careers of which will benefit the Northern region and Ghana as whole
The Regional Minister gave this counsel in his speech as the special guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the ongoing 10th biennial games of the Ghana Colleges of Education Sports Association (COESA) in Tamale.
He maintained that sports like any other field assists immensely in building a healthier body and a sound mind with which one could make meaningful headway in life thereby contributing to nation building.
Hon. Saaed said sports men and women in the country should uphold the reputation of themselves and the country by ensuring that they maintain strict discipline that will always make them triumph in their profession.
He said sports require discipline and good conduct thus; Discipline and good conduct in sports are imperative ingredients that are crucial in shaping individual sports personalities.
In sports, athletes need to be disciplined in the technical, tactical, mental, and physical as well as lifestyle areas of development.
The festival which is held every two years has brought together all public colleges of education in Ghana comprising eastern and greater Accra regions in one zone, Ashanti and the Brong Ahafo also in one zone, central and Western regions forming CentWest zone, Upper East, Upper West and the Northern regions also forming the northern zone and all colleges of education in the Volta region forming the Volta zone.
Over 800 athletes from 46 public colleges across the 10 regions are competing for laurels in this year’s COESA games.
The 2018 festival is under the theme: “The role of colleges of education in the restoration of physical education and sports in our schools” and the patronage of the Minister for Education Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and the Northern Regional Minister Hon. Salifu Saeed.
By Prince Kwame Tamakloe – Kesmi News