The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Professor Francis Dodoo has hailed the efforts of Team Ghana’s athletes at the just-ended African Athletics Championships in Marakech, Morrocco.
Ghana won six medals in the competition ( in Decathlon, Women’s 4x100m, Men’s 4x100m relay, Women’s Javelin throw, Women’s Triple Jump, Heptathlon) to equal its highest haul at the championships since the 2006 edition held in Mauritius.
The team landed in Accra on Saturday and speaking to the press at the Kotoko International Airport, Prof. Dodoo said the athletes were to be commended for their resilience after the disappointment in results and negative reportage surrounding by some media houses concerning the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“All the praise goes to the athletes. They came out and competed after the Commonwealth Games. I think they felt their share of the bashing that we took and I think they committed to coming out and doing really well.”
He admitted that the team faced huge targets in Glasgow and they lacked the experience to pull through but they bounced back the African Championships.
“I think we expected a bit too much from them in Glasgow but these are young athletes. There are 20 and 21-year old and three 17-year olds, one of which turned 18 while we were there.
In addition, they were affected by the things they read and heard in the media. But they came back in the African Championships and did well for Ghana.”
One of the team’s coaches, Dr. Andrew Owusu, however, was of the opinion that Ghana could have won but the team was heavily affected by injuries to some of the athletes.
“In my opinion, we could have won more than the six we got but we were impeded by injuries. Emmanuel Dasor, Janet Amponsah, Vivian Mills all had injuries and that affected us in a few of the events.
However, we should see the significance of equaling what we did in Mauritius by winning six medals and praise the athletes.”
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana