Sports Minister ‘cautiously’ optimistic ahead of Rio 2016 Games

Sunday 31st July , 2016 9:43 am

Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, says he will have measured hopes ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which start on August 5.

According to him, Ghana’s athletes have got huge potential but they will up against some of the best across various disciplines in the Games and so, realistically, the nation’s athletes will have a tough time in Brazil.

Ghana will be represented by 16 athletes who are mostly in the track and field domains. The contingent has Abdul Wahid Omar, a boxer,  judoka, Szandra Dzogedi,  and swimmers, Abeiku Jackson and Kaya Forson as competitors in other sports.

Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuye was speaking at an official send-off cocktail held on Saturday in Accra.

The event was to say an official ‘goodbye’ to the athletes who are due to leave Ghana on Sunday.

The Minister also said it would be unfair for the nation to place pressure on the athletes to bring home medals in the Games but he also said he was very excited at the potential in the team in the form of swimmer Abeiku Jackson.

The team’s journey will be sponsored by the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) who said in a statement that it would help the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to groom talents for events like the Olympic Games.

“The Olympics are the world’s biggest spectacle and we are proud to play our part to ensure that Ghana participates.

Although most people associate us with football, GNPC is already expanding its scope across sports, and working with key stakeholders to identify where we can make the most impact through infrastructure, partnerships and initiatives.

We are already sponsoring Ghana’s Fastest Human competition, to help produce formidable athletes that can feed into a sustained Olympic programme for Ghana.”

The Rio Games start on August 5.




By: Benjamin Nketsia/citifmonline.com/Ghana