Ghana Open Taekwondo Championship ends

Ghanaian fighters display their medals

Ghanaian fighters display their medals

The maiden Ghana Open International Taekwondo Championship ended over the weekend at the D.G.Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium with Cote dÕIvoire beating the rest of the field to place first in the 15-nation championship.

They were followed by Niger in second position with the same number of medals with the difference being the number of gold medals won.

Mali and Nigeria occupied the next two slots before Ghana in fifth position with six medals.

The Ivorians tally included five gold medals, a silver and two bronze by their female team with the menÕs team that came second in their category raking home two gold medals, a silver and five bronze medals.

Niger was second in the female division with gold, silver and four bronze medals but the men put up a stronger challenge to snatch home four gold, two silver and four bronze medals to snatch the second best team.

Mali had gold and silver in the female division and two gold and a bronze medal in the menÕs division to follow in third position with NigeriaÕs gold and silver in the womenÕs division and two gold medals and a bronze medal was enough to land them ahead of the hosts with two silver and bronze each in the female section and a silver and bronze by the men.

GhanaÕs Benson Kwesi Addo picked the silver in the -54kg category while Issah Safianu took bronze in the -68kg.

MERCY ASAITEWIE ATI and Nadia Sackitey were the silver medalists in the -62kg and +73kg with Kezia Elemawusi Gbedze and Armah Henrietta the bronze winners in the -46kg and -49kg respectively.

An elated leader of Team Cote dÕIvoire, Rassaki Tidiane said as the forerunners of Taekwondo in Africa, their experience showed from the first day of the tournament.

ÒThis is a world class team which came to the tournament to test the pulse of the other countries. We showed courage and fighting spirit to get on the podium in almost all the categories and that was our aim for coming here.”

The Director-General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo-Mensah congratulated the Ghana Taekwondo Federation for successfully hosting the two-day tournament.

He charged the Ghanaian team to make good use of the experience gained in the tournament to prepare very well for upcoming competitions.

By Raymond Ackumey

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