Government seeks medals from Olympics

BY: Kweku Zurek
Government seeks medals from Olympics
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, says the government has pulled all the stops to ensure that Team Ghana returned with medals from the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan.

Team Ghana is currently in Japan preparing for the Games scheduled for Friday, July 23, to Sunday, August 8, in Tokyo.

According to the Minister he had received assurances that the team would do well and was hopeful that they would come back with medals.

"I have the assurance that the team is going to do well; we have put all the necessary preparations together and that is why they are there on the pre-games training," the Minister said in an interview.

"Everything that is needed to ensure that they participate and win medals, the government has done so and we are very, very hopeful that they will participate and come back home with medals."

In a departure from the usual practice of announcing a reward package for medal winners before an international tournament, the Minister said the government was yet to decide on what athletes will be due.

He said the reward will be announced when the athletes return with medals from Japan.

Team Ghana

Ghana will be represented in the track and field events by Nadia Eke, Benjamin Kwaku Azamati, Joseph Paul Amoah, Joseph Oduro Manu, Sean Safo-Antwi, Emmanuel Yeboah and Sarfo Ansah.

Abeiku Gyekye Jackson, Unilez Yebowaah Takyi will also represent Ghana in swimming, Kwadjo Anani in judo, and Christian Amoah in weightlifting, while Sulemanu Tetteh, Samuel Takyi and Shakur Samed will represent Ghana in boxing.