General Secretary, National Paralympics Committee (NPC) of Ghana, Mr. Ignatius Elletey, has said that Ghana’s Para-athletes have the potential to succeed in future.
His assertion follows the dismal performance of Ghana’s three-man Para-athletics team that missed out on medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games in Brazil.
According to Elletey, the dream of the team has not been dashed but would start preparing from now till the next para games in Tokyo 2020.
In an exclusive interview with GNA Sports from Rio, the General Secretary said the team would have to work extremely hard and improve on their current standards.
“The team needs to work extra hard to win medals in the next Para games because I know they have the potential to work on that.”
Mr. Elletey said, the technical team will also have to do their best to ensure the team is always conditioned to raise the flag of Ghana.
“The technical team will have an assessment and evaluation of our preparation and participation and draw resolutions for the way forward. We will have to scout for more athletes, technical men and above all look for adequate resources through government and private bodies.”
He disclosed that the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), was responsible for the team’s participation at the Games, explaining that ‘MoYS was responsible for the airfare of five officials and per-diems of the officials and athletes as well.
“So far as I know, the ministry catered for the flight tickets, kits for the team, per diem and other allowances,” he said in response to claims in a section of the media that MoYS paid only per diems.
The Ghana team was made up of Charles Narh Teye – Power lifter (80kg) class, Yusif Amadu-T42 high jump and Mumuni Alem – Cycling is due to arrive in Ghana tomorrow. -GNA