The Third West African Polytechnic Games (WAPOGA) was officially opened at the Accra Sports Stadium last Saturday.
Cultural display, exhibition of Taekwondo skills by the Ghana Taekwondo Association as well as Gymnastics and musical interlude by the Ghana Armed Forces band were among the magnificent highlights of the ceremony.
In a speech read on behalf of the grand patron of WAPOGA, the President of Ghana Mr. John Dramani Mahama by the Minister for Youth and Sports Dr. Mustapha Ahmed, he expressed pleasure about the number of sporting disciplines which were being competed in, for laurels.
“In many West African countries, the focus has been on the development of football alone to the detriment of the many other sporting disciplines we have. I would like to thank the organizers for including disciplines such as judo, badminton, chess, swimming and taekwondo. It is about time our governments began to give support to lesser known sports,” he added.
On his part, the president of WAPOGA, who doubles as the Rector of the host institution – Accra Polytechnic, Professor Sylvester Achio, noted that WAPOGA is an event which uses sports to project the peace, harmony and unity existing among diverse cultures across the sub-region as well as to tell the story of the African continent.
He called on participants to inculcate in them discipline, tolerance, respect, confidence and leadership which are among the skills that sports provide.
The Polytechnics and Colleges that have converged in Accra will be vying for honours in disciples such as football, badminton, chess, volleyball, swimming, judo, tennis, basketball and hockey.
Meanwhile, Accra Poly female basketball team began their campaign on a bright note by beating their counterparts from Tamale Poly in two straight sets, while their men counterparts defeated the Federal Polytechnic Offa of Nigeria by the same result.
By Naa Kwaamah Ankrah