Taekwondo: Ghana win 2 medals in Brussels tourney

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Joshua Nii Ayettey(left) and Michael Davidson won medals in Brussels
Joshua Nii Ayettey(left) and Michael Davidson won medals in Brussels

Joshua Nii Ayettey and Michael Davidson of the national taekwondo team returned home with two medals after participating in the Brussels International Tournament in Belgium on December 4.


Nii Ayettey won gold and Davidson came home with silver despite an emergency registration for the competition.

The two registered to participate in this year’s Austrian Open slated for November 28 but the championship was cancelled after their arrival in the country.

Determination

Disappointed but unrelenting, the two seized the opportunity to register for the Brussels International Tournament and moved to Italy to prepare under Master Charles Cromwell, an Italian-based Ghanaian coach.

Master Cromwell took Nii Ayettey and Davidson through tactical training and effective use of the digital scoring system in sparring which helped the duo finish the competition with gold and silver medals.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the athletes expressed gratitude to Master Cromwell for his assistance.

“It has been a good learning process for us and we are grateful for the support we enjoyed throughout our stay in Europe,” Nii Ayettey said.

Readiness
They indicated their readiness to take on any opponent on their journey to the 2023 African Games in Ghana and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The Secretary General of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF),Master Adnan Lamptey, vouched for the tenacity of the two athletes and called on the sports authorities, organisations and individuals to sponsor them to participate in more international tournaments.

“These are athletes who are ready to bring laurels to the country and I want to call on the authorities to come to their aid,” he appealed.