The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has urged Ghanaian athletes at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to cease the opportunity of their historic appearance and make Ghana and themselves proud.
The Sports Minister, who is currently in Japan on the invitation of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), held a special meeting with the Ghanaian delegation and conveyed to them a distinctive message of goodwill from President Nana Akufo-Addo, and assurance of support from Ghanaians.
"I send you special greetings from H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana. The entire nation is behind you because you are representing our country Ghana and you are to lift high our flag," Mr Ussif told the athletes.
He urged them to make a mark at the Games, which he described as a special event.
"The Olympics is a special event, and every athlete's dream, so be proud of yourselves that you are here," he said.
"You have an opportunity to make history and make our country Ghana and yourselves proud. Go all out. Even though you're competing in an empty stadium, always remember that Ghanaians back home are rooting for you," he added.
The Sports Minister was among the few Ghanaian officials who were at ringside on Monday to cheer and inspire boxer Suleiman Tetteh to victory against Marte Rodrigo of the Dominican Republic.
Some Ghanaian athletes will be in action on Wednesday.
As part of his short visit, the Minister also met with officials of IOC, heads of international sports federations, colleague Ministers of Sports from other countries, as well as Mustapha Barraf and Hashi Ahmed, the President and Secretary-General of ANOCA, for deliberations on sports development cooperation and Ghana's preparations for the 2023 African Games.