McDan CEO rescues GTF from ITF ban, pays $17,000 debt

McDan CEO rescues GTF from ITF ban, pays $17,000 debt
Source: Ghana/Joy Sports/Nathaniel Attoh
Date: 01-06-2018 Time: 12:06:11:pm
Aboagye-Duah (3rd L) in a handshake with Dr McKorley. With them are Mrs Abigail McKorley (5th L) staff of McDan and GTF officials

McDan Group Executive chairman, Dr Daniel McKorley has, for a second time rescued the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) by paying accrued affiliation fees of $17,000 to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Dr Daniel McKorley presenting the cheque, Thursday, said the support forms part of his company's quest to ensure tennis succeeds in the country.

He charged the Federation to roll out plans to clinch more silverwares saying "I want to see Ghana win more trophies. The coming years would be exciting for Ghana tennis. McDan is a results-oriented company, whatever we touch succeeds. I thank the Federation for and all who are making the sport what it is today."

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GTF in the last seven years has gone in and out of a major ban from the ITF following the failure to pay for the period covering 2011 to 2013.

The GTF rescued by McDan Group CEO Dr. Daniel McKorley, who also owns and sponsors the McDan Open West Africa Tennis Tournament.

He paid close to $15,000 in total. Dr McKorley also sponsored a pre-tournament training camp in Morocco for the national team ahead of their participation in the Davis Cup.

The Golden Rackets team is expected to participate in this year’s Davis Cup competition in Nairobi, Kenya from June 18.

The McDan Group CEO, who is also the Gugba Naa of Tamale and Development Chief of the Ada Traditional Area, has proven a benefactor of the sport in the last 8 years with major interventions.

Aside from establishing and sponsoring his McDan Open West Africa and McDan Juniors tournaments, Dr McKorley has also been sponsoring the national Junior tennis teams for their participation in tournaments as well as their training camps.

He also sponsored the senior national team for a two-week training camp in Morocco ahead of Ghana’s participation in the last edition of the Davis Cup.

Ahead of the 2017 edition of the McDan West Africa Tournament, Dr McKorley painted and refurbished the tennis courts of the Accra Stadium to the tune of GHC 50,000.

When Ghana’s Duo of George Darko and Wisdom Na Adzirago won Ghana’s first historic double’s gold medal at the 2015 All Africa Games, Dr McKorley donated a total of GHC 24,000 to the whole team as a reward.

The best eight players for the maiden edition of the McDan Juniors have also been adopted by his McDan Foundation and will be sponsored throughout their education and tennis development till the tertiary level.

At last year's McDan Open West Africa Final Dr McKorley donated a 17-seater Mercedes Benz Sprinter Bus to the GTF to ease the transportation burdens of the national junior teams.

Meanwhile, this year’s edition of the McDan Open West Africa Tournament will come off between July 23 and 29. 

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