Sulemanu Tetteh takes aim at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Sulemanu Tetteh 1Rio 2016 scholarship recipient Sulemanu Tetteh is hoping to seize upon the opportunity to qualify for his second successive appearance at the Olympic Games.

Tetteh, who fights in the light flyweight division, is one of 12 athletes to receive scholarships from the Ghana Olympic Committee to prepare towards the Games.

The athletes would receive access to appropriate training facilities, pocket money and limited travel costs to Olympic qualification competitions.
The initiative forms part of the GOC’s goal of assisting elite athletes selected and proposed by their National Federations in their preparation and qualification for Rio 2016.

Having qualified to the London 2012 Olympic Games in 2012, Sulemanu Tetteh is well aware of what it takes to qualify for the Games and is hopeful of being second time lucky.

“I’m so happy to receive this scholarship. This is an opportunity to train hard and qualify for the Olympic Games,” he said in an interview with

“I have done it before and I hope to do it again. I passed through many things the last time because I did not have a scholarship but I still qualified.

“I hope that I can do better this time. I will not sleep or be lazy so that I can qualify.”

As well as qualifying to represent Ghana at the London 2012 Olympics, Tetteh, who is also the captain of the national boxing team, the Black Bombers, has also twice represented Ghana at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014 where he exited at the quarter final stage.

The Olympic scholarship starts from 1st January, 2015 and will be divided into separate terms, each running for a four-month period leading up to 31st August, 2016.

But the scholarships will only be renewed at the end of each term subject to performance, athletes abiding by the World Anti-Doping code and the conditions set by the GOC and their federations, and a strict disciplinary code.

This brings the GOC’s total contribution to sports development in the country to over $900,000 since 2012.