Ghana to participate in Africa Para-taekwondo championship

The Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) is planning to make its maiden appearance at the Africa Para-taekwondo competition to be held in Rwanda.

The event to be held in March this year may be new to athletes from Ghana but not to other participants from other African nations.

This, according to GTF President, Frederick Lartey Otu, explains why this year’s edition of the GTF organised Korea Cup competition was opened to para athletes with the view of assessing the readiness of the nation’s para-athletes for the tournament.

The event attracted over 10 para-athletes which competed in three different weight categories with the likes of Adam Alhassan, Sansa Kwesi Stevenson, Ismael Gazeal, Mohammed Sally, Sharon Acquaye, Christian Avorgbedoh, and Badu Felix among the athletes that caught the eyes of selectors.

But for a start, the GTF, according to its President, will send only four athletes for the championship with the aim of qualifying for the World Para-taekwondo Championship to be staged in the United Kingdom later this year.

“This is an area we want to exploit as a federation. This competition has been there but Ghana as a country has failed to tap the talent of our physically challenged brothers and nurture them to become international fighters.”

“It appears the focus is always on the able-athletes but we want to give the para-athletes the same opportunity to challenge themselves and we pitch them against the best on the continent,” Mr. Lartey Otu told the Times Sports.

Based on the outcome of their first competition outside Ghana, the GTF, he said, would be in a better position to know how to go about the development of para-taekwondo in Ghana.

He called for the support of corporate sector to send the four athletes to Rwanda.

By Andrew Nortey

 

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