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HOCKEY : LATE PRESIDENT MILLS TO BE HONOURED BY GHANA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

The Atta Mills Care in partnership with Ghana Hockey Association will organize a hockey tournament in honour of the late President John Atta Mills. The tourney has been slated for July 29th.

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The hockey tournament is being organized to commemorate the 5th anniversary celebration of the late president Mills.

The tournament will be staged at the Theodosiah Okoh Hockey Pitch in Accra at 7am.

The annual tournament was officially launched in 2013 a year after the passing of the late Mills.

The late President Mills was once a hockey player. He played an instrumental role in the construction of the country’s only hockey stadium to enable Ghana to host the 9th Hockey Cup of Nations successfully in 2009.

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Ghana’s late President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, will be remembered on many fronts and chiefly among them is sports, where his love for hockey and football remains unparalleled.

His sudden demise on Tuesday, July 24, at exactly 2:15 p.m. at the 37 Military Hospital, just four days after celebrating his 68th birthday, has no doubt dealt a big blow to the hockey fraternity, as Ghana prepares to host the FIH World Series in September and participate in the African Youth Championship in South Africa in October.

His desire to see hockey rise to the top did not come by chance. From Achimota Secondary School (then Achimota College), the late president developed his love for the game.

He was a key member of the school team which played against Mfantsipim and Kings College of Nigeria in annual competitions.

The late tax lawyer’s multi talent earned him the president of the amalgamated sports clubs while at the Legon Hall of the University of Ghana Legon in the 1960s.

Indeed, at a point he became a member of both the football and hockey teams of the university, together with Kenneth Johnfia, but after counselling by the university’s sports department, the two settled on the one on which they had a competitive advantage.

So the professor focused on hockey from then on while Johnfia stayed with football, but once a while they crossed each other’s path in inter-hall friendlies.

Even at the university, Professor Mills was one of the much sought-after players, and occasionally left campus to feature for the British Council hockey team as well as the old Achimotans on weekends.

In 1972, Professor Mills left for further studies in the UK but came back years later to be a founder member of the Veterans Hockey team in Accra.

He rose to become the vice president of the club in 1991 and moved up to occupy the presidency following the death of K. N. Owusu in 1994.

 

However, on rising to become the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana in 1996, and subsequently the presidential candidate for the NDC Party in 2000, Professor Mills was forced to retire from active play.

 

Source : GNA

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