The Parliament of Ghana has passed the Sports Bill, 2016 into Law.
The Act establishes the National Sports Commission and provides for the development, promotion and management of amateur and professional sports.
This is to enable the country to operate its sports in conformity with international laws and best practices.
Events in the management of sports, particularly regarding the International Olympic Committee (IOC) showed that the Sports Act, 1976 (S.M.C.D. 54) and the Sports Regulations, 1976 (L.I. 1088) were not in conformity with laws of the International Federations, Associations and Charters. Government, aware of the need to review the laws, initiated the process to streamline the laws to conform to international best practices.
However, before the process could be completed, Ghana on the 13th of January, 2011, was suspended by the International Olympic Committee with all the consequences provided for in the Olympic Charters. As an interim measure to get the suspension lifted by the International Olympic Committee and to also meet its requirements, the Ministry introduced the Sports Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1988) in Parliament on the 8th of February, 2011 to revoke the Sports Regulations, 1976 (L.I. 1088).
It is noted that L.I. 1988 is inadequate to address the inconsistencies in the sports legislation of the country. To ensure that the sports legislation of Ghana is consistent with international laws and practices, it is recommended that the Sports Act, 1976 (SMCD 54) be reviewed to address the autonomy of the Ghana Olympic Committee and the Sports Associations and also to deal with the issue of public interest and accountability in the sporting fraternity, among others. The Bill therefore seeks to bring the sports legislation of the country in line with international laws and practices.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and Mustapha Ahmed (Dr), played an instrumental role in the passage of the Bill.