72 Ghanaian athletes have undergone medical screening, few days to their departure for their pre-game camping ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The athletes are drawn from 12 disciplines and will leave for Australia next week for a 3-week camp before the games commence on 4th April.
The likes of Hor Halutie, Rafiatu Nuhu, Sarfo Ansah, the 23-contingent female hockey team, among others were taken through Liver Functioning Test (LFT), Urine Test, Pregnancy Test, HIV test to ascertain the medical readiness of the contingent for the multi-sport games next month.
There was also an anti-doping seminar organized for the athletes by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Elvis Adjei Baah, explained to Citi Sports that the rationale behind the seminar was to update athletes on new doping regulations.
“Most of the athletes are first time athletes and this seminar is very important because the World Anti-Doping Agency keeps updating its list of banned substances,” he said.
“It is important for our athletes to know what’s legal and what’s not because sometimes you could be taking something illegal and never even be aware that it’s been banned by WADA hence this seminar,” he concluded.
Ghana’s contingent for the Gold Coast games will leave for Australia next week for the second leg of their camping after completing a one month camping in Ghana.
This is to afford the athletes enough time to acclimatise to conditions before the start of the games.
By: Fentuo Tahiru/citifmonline.com/Ghana