With Jacquiline Bondzi
The good works of Dr Bella Bello Bitugu has attracted the attention of the City of Innsbruck in Austria, which has consequently rewarded him with the Award for Cultures for his “Sports as a platform for integration and against Ostracism” project.
Dr. Bitugu, a Ghanaian domiciled in Austria, apart from his passion to use football as a tool for development, has over the years worked tirelessly for better cultural cooperation in Innsbruck and beyond.
Dr. Bitugu, who is also the European Coordinator for Football for Development Projects, and the first black referee in Austria, has embarked on the struggle to fight racism, using football as the trump card.
The award winner, in an interview with this writer yesterday, expressed satisfaction with the award, saying, “Definitely, I am happy and grateful, considering the fact that it is a recognition of an effort to address socio-economic issues through soccer and other projects.”
He added: “Being a Ghanaian, and achieving such a feat in a typical European country, is a great honour, and I am hoping to replicate such an achievement in Ghana, if the opportunity presents itself.”
Pix: Dr. Bella Bityugu (2nd right) displaying his award