Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, has called on the media to provide comprehensive coverages of sporting activities and games in the country.
This comes to support the call for sporting competitions to be held behind closed doors amid restricted number of audience in the quest to observe coronavirus safety protocols.
In an interview on Campus Exclusive on Thursday, Dr Bitugu urged the media to help promote mediated sports so that they would not only deliver live sportgames but also replay games to targeted audience.
“We have not been able to master what we call mediated sports; there could be leagues running elsewhere, and even though people will miss and loose the action on the field in the stadia, they are still able to watch and follow it on the TV.
“But we don’t have it. How many premier league matches are shown? And how are they even shown? You can get an alternative to bring it behind closed doors once the media is there to bring it to your door step,” he said.
He further added:
“We used the COVID-19 period to complete the movement into our new offices. We have done the recruitment of the new athletes and those who are supposed to get scholarships have gotten. We did the virtual games.
“But beyond that, some of our athletes are training on campus. Some of the distance students, levels 100 and 400s come to train on campus and anytime there is a competition which is allowed by the government, we allow them to go.
“We are also trying to build our own capacities as staff of the sports directorate. We have opened the gym and the swimming pool as well.”
Amongst other challenges, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu attributed the failure of UG PASS for this academic year to difficulty on the part of management to have access to students who qualified for this discipline and the inability to complete scouting “because the tournament didn’t even happen.”
“So one major difficulty we had was access to the students. The other thing was it was difficult for us to do the ‘justify your inclusion again. We also had some structural problems and we will deal with that,” he lamented.
Story by: Eunice Young | universnewsroom.com