Bodybuilding star dreams big

Oliver Prempeh

Oliver Prempeh

Ghana’s bodybuilding gold medalist, Oliver Rockson Prempeh has vowed to work his way out to the top.

Prempeh who won the recently held Arnold Classic Africa in South Africa said he is determined to put Ghana on the world stage as far as bodybuilding was concerned.

Speaking at a press conference over the weekend, the body building champion attributed his victory to his commitment and dedication towards the sport.

“I promised Ghanaians before leaving the country to South Africa that I would bring gold because I got very close last year and was certain to move a step further this year, “he stated.

“I am impressed with the performance of the Ghanaian athletes who took part in the competition. It was our wish to win at least three medals but would look forward to next year’s event to achieve that feat. My target is to gradually push to the professional level,” he stressed.

Other Ghanaian athletes who participated in the various weight divisions include Michael Parnell (under 70kg), Godwin Frimpong and Cyrille Kofi Adja (under 90 kg).

The 33-year-old, Prempeh competed in the amateur weight division of 80kg, which saw countries from Africa, Asia and Europe participating.

The Arnold Classic was first launched in the US in 1989 and has since expanded to create an international series of multi-sport festivals, driven by Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is renowned as a seven-time Mr. Olympia, Hollywood star and former Governor of California.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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