US Baseball stars to visit Ghana next
Accra, Jan. 22, GNA - A delegation of top US baseball stars
are expected to visit the country early next month to
promote the sport and also participate in the Ghana@50
The visit, which is under the joint auspices of the Ghana
Baseball and Softball Association (GHABSA) and the African
Development Foundation (ADF), is under the theme; "Goodwill
Tour 2007" and would see top players from the New York Mets
and Yankees touring the country from February 2 to February
Mr. Emmanuel Dogbevi, Media representative of the Ghana
Baseball and Softball Association (GHABSA) who briefed the
GNA Sports about the visit in Accra on Monday said the
Association intends to within the second 50 years to use
baseball emulate the successes chalked for the Ghanaian
economy through football over the past 50 years.
"New York Mets and Yankees are two of the top teams in the
US major League Baseball (MLB) and to get top players from
these teams visiting Ghana is a vote of confidence in our
effort to develop the game in this country," he said.
Mr Dogbevi said the US Embassy was fully behind the vision
to make baseball a major sport in Ghana, adding that in the
near future, it should be possible for Ghana to export
baseball players to the USA and other places like Japan
where baseball was fast developing.
As part of the programme for the visit, the stars would make
donations of equipment to GHABSA, hold baseball clinics,
promote Tee-ball education in schools, inaugurate a Little
Baseball League in Ghana, visit the castles and other
tourist sites in Accra and Cape Coast.