Ghana will be represented by three athletes at this year’s Paralympic Games to be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro from September 7–18, 2016.
The three are Alem Mumuni, Charles Narh and Yusif Adamu.
Despite the low number of qualifiers, the National Paralympics Committee (NPC) is beaming with confidence ahead of the game, promising to win medals at the Games to drum home the need to support Paralympics sports in the country.
Launching Ghana’s participation at the Games, the Deputy Director General, Technical of the National Sports Authority, Joshua Mensah said, unlike the able sportsmen who failed to win anything for Ghana, the para-athletes would make the nation proud.
“The athletes have prepared themselves very well for the Games and would certainly do something different.”
This, he believes is the more reason why the trio must be supported in their bid to let Ghanaians forget about the disappointment from the Olympic Games which saw Ghana presenting 16 athletes but had nothing to show for.
According to Mr. Mensah, the three para-athletes have great credentials and would do something extraordinary for Ghana.
“Corporate entities and individuals who supported the able-bodied sportsmen must prove to all that they are not unfriendly to the disability community by supporting them for the games”, he appealed.
Responding, a Deputy Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Dela Sowah assured that her outfit would appeal to the appropriate offices to ensure the budget for the Games is approved.
She also pledged her outfit’s unflinching support for the para-athletes and was optimistic that they would win gold at Rio.
By Michael D. Abayateye