Ghana’s deaf athletics team is set to participate at next month’s World Deaf Indoor Athletics Competition slated for Estonia from March 13 – 18, 2019.
The tournament is expected to provide the Ghanaian deaf athletes the platform to accumulate points to ease qualification to bigger events such as the World Deaf Athletics Competition in January 2020 and the Deaflympics to be staged in July 2021.
The team is hoping to build on their recent feat at the West African Deaf Athletics Championship where they won two gold medals and a silver medal in the 100m and 200m races.
Ghana is expected to participate in the 60m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x400m, long jump and triple jump events all in the men’s category at the Indoor games.
Consequently, a 12-member contingent comprising athletes, coaches and team officials has been named for the Estonia trip by the Ghana Deaf Sports Federation (GDSF).
The team includes athletes Joseph Ghansah who will compete in the 60m race; Kingsford Ofori Okyere who will also run in the 60m race as well as 400m race and Austin Assah-Ayisi will run the 400m and 800m race.
The others are Francis Owusu who will contest in the 800m and 1500m races while Abdulai Faisal competes in the 800m and 1500m races.
The rest of the athletes are Ankomah Solomon who will compete in the 1500m race and long jump events while Eugene Amegashie is set to represent Ghana in the long jump and triple jump events.
Ghansah, Kingsford, Assah-Ayisi will later combine to run the 4x400m relay race.
The rest of the travelling team is made up of Jonathan Amuah team leader, Elorm Amenakpor, Coach, Samuel Amponsah Amoah, Interpreter, Adam Abdul Shaku, Physio and Antwi Vandyke, Team Manager.
The GDSF is appealing to fans; the deaf community, philanthropist and government to support the deaf athletes to make Ghana proud at the competition.
According to the Federation, the athletes remain committed to raising the flag of Ghana at the event but that could be impossible without support from government and the corporate sector.
BY NANA BENTSI ODURO