GOC unveils team for 2018 Youth Olympic Games

BY: Kweku Zurek
GOC unveils team for 2018 Youth Olympic Games
GOC unveils team for 2018 Youth Olympic Games

The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has unveiled a 10-member contingent for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games (officially known as the III Summer Youth Olympic Games) slated for between October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The team which the top hierarchy of the GOC insist is certain to return to Accra with medals is comprised of five athletes, four coaches and a Chef de Mission.

The five athletes are swimmer and team captain, Abeiku Jackson (coached by Jonathan Amoako-Atta), male beach volley pair, Eric Tsatsu and Kevin Carboo (coached by Moro Mumuni), weightlifter Sandra Mensimah Owusu (coached by Nii Otoo Larkyne) and 400 metres runner Solomon Diaffo.

Unveiling the team Friday at the Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium, Mr Evans Yeboah, the Chef de Mission said he had received strong assurances from the athletes on the team that they will all return to Ghana with medals.

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Team Ghana members with officials at the event

According to him, the GOC in collaboration with its sponsors, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority had pulled out all the stops including an attractive bonus structure and good preparation to ensure that they were primed for success.

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He also disclosed that the bonus structure of the team will see gold medal winners receiver $5,000 while silver and bronze medal winners will receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

The President of GOC, Ben Nunoo Mensah added his voice to the refrain urging the youngsters who are no strangers to winning medals after competing at the African Youth Games last July to use the exploits of Youth Olympic Games medal winner Martha Bissah as their inspiration.

Martha won Gold in the 800 metres race during the 2014 edition of the Youth Games in Nanjing, China after winning bronze in the Africa Youth Games that same year and Mr Mensah has tipped the youngsters to follow in her steps.

He also revealed that a sponsor of the GOC had also promised an additional $1,000 for any of the medal winners.

In an address, the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto said his outfit had catered for the allowances, bonuses and competition attire for the team while the GOC catered for air tickets, competition and general kitting for the team.