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Soccer News of Friday, 17 January 2014

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

Ministry of Youth & Sports to deal with SWAG only

.....on travel matters for Ghana Sports Media

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has urged all media houses and sports journalists wishing to make request for introductory letters to any high commission or embassy to route it through the umbrella body of all sports media in the country, the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG).

A press release signed by Michael Frimpong, Head of Public Relations at the Ministry of Youth & Sports said the directive is to ensure effective co-ordination and smooth facilitation of the process.

“This year marks a major international sporting calendar which Ghana will be participating in, notable among them are the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Costa Rica 2014 FIFA U – 17 Female World Cup among others.

“With the Ministry expecting to be inundated with requests from media houses for introductory letters to the respective Embassies or High Commissions for visas, we believe there is the need for one body to do the coordination hence the directive, ” said the statement.

“In order to effectively co-ordinate the process and facilitate action on these requests, the Ministry wishes to humbly request all media houses which intend to send their sports reporters to such tournaments to kindly route or send the request through their umbrella body – the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) – for onward submission to the Ghana Brazil 2014 World Cup Media and Communications sub-committee and then to this Ministry for confirmation for our necessary action.

The statement urged the President of SWAG, the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee and the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) to take note of the directive.