Several speakers have touted the boxing credentials of former President Jerry John Rawlings, the first President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana a roundtable discussion on boxing. Former Sports Minister, Enoch Teye Mensah, three-time world boxing champion and boxing hall of famer, Azumah Nelson, renowned promoter Samir Captan, boxer Joseph Agbeko and others, took turns to eulogise the late former President and describe into detail the significant impact he made on boxing. The event was a roundtable discussion on boxing, organized by the J.J.
Rawlings Foundation to mark the 75th birthday of the former President, on Wednesday June 22. Under the theme ‘J.J.
Rawlings’ Contribution to the Sport and the Way Forward’ speaker after speaker extolled the virtues of the former President and the personal dedication he gave to sports, boxing being a great beneficiary. Samir Captan told the audience that though he did not relate directly with President Rawlings at the time, the presidency showed keen interest in his activities as an astute promoter who helped to lift the name of Ghana high.
He stated that the President motivated the boxing fraternity with his personal interest and attention and created an environment for the discipline to thrive. Council of State member and former Sports Minister under President Rawlings, E.
Agyeman-Rawlings, who is the second daughter of the former President, said though President Rawlings was not selective in his support for boxing, he created an environment for the development of most sports disciplines.
His administration also developed the Dansoman Park with the support of Accra Brewery Limited; Kaneshie Sports Complex was also developed with a tennis court, a swimming pool and a football pitch. Other notable names at the roundtable event included former Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuije, Mr.
RAWLINGS FOUNDATION AT A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON BOXING TO MARK THE 75THBIRTHDAY OF PRESIDENT JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS, WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2022 Her Excellency Nana Rawlings, Former First Lady of the Republic of GhanaHonourable E.T.