Badminton: J.E. Wilson Int. tourney begins Thursday

Author: By Samuel Amoesi
Mr Evans Yeboah adressing the press at the meeting

 THE president of the Ghana Badminton Association (GBA), Mr Evans Yeboah, says his players have prepared well to compete against the rest of the world in the J.E Wilson International Badminton tournament to be hosted by Ghana at the Trust Sports Emporium in Accra.

The three-day event, which starts from today to Sunday, has attracted 101 badminton players from 27 countries, as well as international referees. The competition is expected to serve as an opportunity for Ghanaian players to accrue more points to help them qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.

At a media briefing held at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium, Mr Yeboah said: “Hosting the competition means that Ghana is gradually becoming a powerhouse with regard to the sport and it is a positive mark."

It is an opportunity for the players to compete against strong opponents from over 27 countries, which include Switzerland, Australia, United States of America (USA), Malaysia and Poland,” he revealed.

According to Mr Yeboah, it would be a great achievement for a Ghanaian player to be ranked in the top 100 players in the world, especially where Ghana is ranked third on the continent—a remarkable achievement.

He appealed to the government to support badminton to make it more prominent in the country and beyond.

The Technical Head of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Kweku Abedu Wilson, who represented the Director General of the NSA, Prof. Peter Twumasi, said his outfit fully supported the competition and was ready to help the GBA to organise a successful event.

Twenty-two players, made up of 13 males and nine females, will represent the nation.

The captain of Ghana’s badminton team, Daniel Sam, who is ranked sixth in Africa, told the Daily Graphic that the players were ready for the task ahead.

G4S, world security company, partners Badminton Ghana Association for the global tournament. The G4S Company is the official security sponsor of the event while Coca-Cola Company is the official beverage sponsor.