‘Allow Us To Play Golf’

Mike Aggrey

The President of Ghana Golf Association (GGA), Mike Aggrey, has appealed passionately to government for the early return of the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the GGA boss’ second plea in less than a month due to the ban on social gathering.

To him, the fact that golf is a non-contact sport and his outfit’s decision to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols make their case a strong one.

The former Achimota Golf Club captain pointed out that walking, which is associated with golf, falls in line with government’s prescribed form of exercise (walking) during the coronavirus pandemic.

He stated that it is scientifically proven that exercise is the best way to boost the immune system, and taking into account that golfers belong to a vulnerable group makes it more important that they return to the golf course as soon as practicable.

He cited countries like South Africa, South Korea, London and USA, which are on lockdown, yet have opened their golf clubs, with South Korea expected to host a tournament which will attract 150 golfers. 

“We were seeking a relief from EI which covers sporting events and facilities, and our relief was based on the fact that unlike other sports, golf is not a contact sport. It is an individual sport and played in a manner that you do not make contact with anybody. It is you the player and your equipment which you are responsible for,” the GGA president told the press during a COVID-19 donation to the Achimota Hospital a few days ago.

“We suggested to government that we will not use caddies, open the bar and the restaurant, you check out from the course right after playing.

“More importantly, what we suggested was golf lends itself to social distancing. We also prescribed that everybody will wear a face mask when playing.”

He also said, “It is more risky to go to a supermarket than play golf because I will have no contact whatsoever on the course. Our request is not only logical, but in line with government’s prescription that we exercise regularly to combat this disease.

“We are appealing to the authorities to grant us the opportunity to restart our game before May 31. We are weary now, we have become sedentary and it is not good for us. They should allow us to play our game. But until then, we will continue to comply.”

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum