GOC President Ben Nunoo Mensah Congratulates Sampson Deen

GOC President Ben Nunoo Mensah Congratulates Sampson Deen


President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah has congratulated Mr. Sampson Deen on his election as President of the African Paralympic Committee (APC).

According to Ben Nunoo Mensah, Deen is the first Ghanaian to attain such high office, and wish to thank all members of the Olympic/Paralympic families who represented at the Congress in Morocco.

He said Ghana presence on international bodies earns the nation much respect, and urged Sampson Deen to deliver in his term.

Mr. Deen polled 24 of the total votes cast, beating Morocco’s Hamid El Aouni who polled 15 votes. Mr Deen replaces the outgoing APC boss Leonel da Rocha Pinto who has been in charge for 13 years.

The total of 41 delegates (38 in-person and 3 voting online) comprised of Presidents and General Secretaries of National Paralympics Committees on the continent with 9 positions contested.

Senator Dr. Hayat Khatab of Egypt won the 1st vice president position with 23 votes.  

Positions of President, Secretary-General, Vice president Treasurer and representatives from the language communities (Arabic, English , French and Portuguese ) and the Athletes representative were contested.

Deen was elected President of the National Paralympics committee in 2019 and was endorsed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports who had Deputy Sports Minister Evans Bobie Opoku in Rabat to support his bid.

By Sammy Heywood Okine