Swimming: Ghana set for CANA Zone 2 Senior Championships

Author: Kwame Larweh
Abeiku Jackson- Ghana's team captain
Abeiku Jackson- Ghana's team captain

The president of the Ghana Swimming Association, Theophilus Wilson Edzie, says feverish preparations are ongoing for the 7th CANA Zone 2 Senior Swimming and Open Water Championship at the Trust Sports Emporium at Bukom in Accra and at the Aqua Safari Resort at Ada from March 5 to 8.

He told the Graphic Sports that he was hopful that Ghana would overcome some organisational challenges and host a successful competition.

“It is not all that smooth yet and logistical and financial challenges still pertain, but preparations are ongoing and we expect to host one of the best swimming competitions on the continent,” he said last Friday.

Hosts Ghana will be competing with other 19 countries from West and Central African namely; Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, The Gambia, Central African Republic, Gabon, DR Congo, Congo, Sierra Leone, Benin, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, Chad and Cameroun.

The competition is also an Olympic qualifiers for the Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game and Ghana’s duet of Abeiku Jackson and Kaya Forson are poised to qualify to the competition.

Ghana’s leading swimmers such as Abeiku Jackson, Jason Arthur and Kaya Forson were potential Olympic Games athletes and, therefore, looked forward to seeing more athletes excel at the competition to book their place at the Tokyo Games.

Abeiku Jackson and Kaya represented Ghana at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their coach Kodwo Abbiw Jackson is hopeful they will qualify in an earlier interview with the Graphic Sports.

“We have been training towards the competition for a while and I can tell you that one female and two males are Olympics games hopeful. Kaya Forson, Abeiku Jackson and Jason are the potential for the qualification with their experience they have acquired in their previous international competitions,” said the coach.

Meanwhile, the head of media of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Magnis Rex Danquah, is hopeful that the competition will transform the sport in the country.

He called on the organisers to work assiduously together with the Youth and Sports Ministry to ensure a successful championship.