The Ghana Taekwondo Federation has opened the IOC funded DNSS programs ©GTF

The Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) has officially opened the International Olympic Committee (IOC)-funded Development of National Sports System (DNSS) programmes. 

The three DNSS programmes consist of a referees licence course, coaching licence course and an administrators seminar, held at the Korea Sports Complex in the Ghanaian city of Tema.

The five-day referee course began last week, with the administrators seminar due to take place from March 11 to 15 and the 10 day coaching course from April 3 to 12. 

President of the GTF, Frederick Lartey Otu, thanked the IOC, World Taekwondo Peace Corps, and the South Korean Embassy for their assistance in setting up the programme at an opening ceremony. 

He also spoke of the importance of the DNSS programme in increasing the popularity of taekwondo in Ghana. 

"We want to bring taekwondo officiating up to standard in order to give more quality to our tournaments and reduce incidents of bad officiating," he said.

"We would also train 20 administrators and secretaries in sports management, events planning and others to help in the development of the sport as well as training and licensing 40 coaches from the 10-member regions to help these coaches to establish new taekwondo clubs in their localities and train more athletes.”

Richard Akpokavie, secretary general of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), praised the GTF for their work. 

"We as GOC helped the Federations to achieve their objectives in various ways," he said. 

"One of the ways is to seek support through Olympic Solidarity to run courses like this. 

"It is important because, for every country, the IOC can only sponsor one sport per year for this particular course.

"There are over 28 Olympic sports in Ghana and taekwondo was chosen because of what you have done in this country, under the able leadership of your President.

"For those of you who are here for this course. 

"It is very important to remember, that you have not been invited to just be participants, but to learn and impart this knowledge as referees, coaches and administrators."

Olympic Solidarity provides funds to National Olympic Committees with the greatest needs.