The Ghana Swimming Association (GSA) will from March 5th to 8th host the 7th Africa Zone 2 Swimming Championship in Accra at the Trust Sports Emporium also known as the Bukom Boxing Arena.
Muniru Kassim, general secretary of the GSA who addressed the sports media on the international event said the organisers and Team Ghana are ready for the event and they hope to win medals and also qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games later in the year.
He said 22 countries are expected to compete, however 20 countries have confirmed participation for the swimming pool and open water event at Aqua Safari on March 8th 2020.
He stressed that they are expecting 200 persons, comprising 160 swimmers, 20 swimming federation heads and 20 national coaches for the FINA – approved competition.
Team Ghana will be led by sensational Swimmer Abeiku Jackson and Ryan DeGraft Ackun who are eager to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
Some of the countries for the international event are Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Senegal Gambia, Central African Republic, Gabon and Dr Congo.
The rest are Congo, Sierra Leone, Benin, Cape Verde, Cote D voire, Chad and Cameroun.
This is the first time the Olympic Qualification competition is coming to Ghana and the Ghana Swimming Federation is calling on corporate Ghana to support and the sporting public to contribute to the event.
The President of the Ghana Swimming Association, Theo Wilson Edzie said the democracy in the nation has developed and Ghana will produce more swimming champions soon.
He said Ghana will host the first local championship on February 22, 2020 and urged all to come to the Trust Sports Emporium aka Bukom Boxing Arena.
Meanwhile, the GSA will soon come out with the various working committees to support the organization of the event, such as sponsorship and fund raising, logistics and transport, ceremonies, protocol, accommodation and media to coordinate activities.