Team Ghana returns from Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

Team Ghana returns from Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

… Chef pleased with athletes’ performance

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Ghana’s contingent at the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games held in Nassau, Bahamas returned Tuesday night after participating in the Games that ended on Sunday.

Ghana presented nine athletes for six disciplines namely; athletics, boxing, beach volleyball, swimming, judo and tennis.

Chef de Mission for the Games, Mawuko Afadzinu, has lauded the performance of Team Ghana at the Games, especially the beach volleyball team.

Team Ghana’s pair of Kelvin Kartey Carbon and Eric Tsatsu reached the third place final of the competition but lost to Australia, thereby finishing fourth.

But Afadzinu described their performance as the best, saying the team needs more competitions and exposure to enable them get the needed experience to win at international level.

He said on the whole, Ghana’s athletes were relatively young and it would be prudent to encourage and guide them in their chosen fields so that they do not lose hope.

“The athletes were very positive, their enthusiasm was very good and they were very focused. If God willing things go on well like this, it will be the beginning of a long journey of success,” he said.

In swimming, Ghana’s sole swimmer, Abeiku Jackson set a new national record of 56.93secs for 100m butterfly at the Games in Bahamas. The previous time was 57.92secs.

The talented young swimmer is still optimistic of doing well in the near future. He believes more of such exposure and big competitions would make him improve upon his times and sooner he is going to be an African Champion.

Abieku competed in the boys 50m butterfly and freestyle and also 100m butterfly and freestyle.

He was the seventh best time in the 50m freestyle men final, an improvement over the last Games in Samoa. For the first time in the history of Ghana Sports,  Ghana  made it to  three  finals,  one if which  was  a stand- by finalist, fifth and seventh in the  50m butterfly and 50m freestyle finals all with good times. 

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Summary of Ghana’s performance

Athletics: Rafiatu Nuhu qualified to the finals of the 400m and finished 7th out of 8 in 55.42secs

Beach Volleyball: Ghana lost in the semi-finals against Cyprus and went on to play for bronze but lost 0-2 to Australia.

Judo: Ghana failed to make an appearance

Boxing: Philip Quartey lost to Australia in the quarterfinals of the 60kg division while Alfred Kotey lost in his first first in the preliminary stage against Canada in the 56kg division.

Tennis: Emmanuel Plange lost in his first game against Rwanda while Marian Ibrahim also lost to Nigeria in the second round. The duo lost to Namibia in first round of the mixed doubles.

Credit GOC Press Office

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