Razak Abugiri talks All African Games & Rio Scholarship benefits

Razak Mumuni Abugiri1Media watch: Razak Mumuni talks All African Games ambition and benefits of Rio Scholarship

As athletes across the globe continue with their preparations towards the Rio 2016 Olympics, we throw the spot light on one of Ghana’s Olympic hopefuls, jukoka Razak Mumuni Abugiri.

Razak was one of 12 athletes to be awarded a Rio scholarship by the Ghana Olympic committee in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity to aid his preparations ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.

It followed his stellar performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he snatched a bronze medal.

Ghana’s biggest selling sports newspaper, the Graphic Sports wrote an article about Razak’s ambition at the upcoming 2015 All Africa Games and the benefits of the Rio 2016 Scholarships in a recent publication:…………

Judoka Razak Mumuni Abugiri wants to improve upon his bronze medal success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games by clinching gold at the All African Games slated for September in Congo-Brazzaville.

The 26-year old disclosed that his high hopes of success hinged on the boost his career had received since he was awarded an Olympic Solidarity scholarship in March to aid his qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

“I have already finished my training for the All African Games. My target is to go there and win gold in the 60-kilogramme category,” an optimistic Abugri told the Graphic Sports after a judo demonstration at the Accra Sports stadium.

He added, “After the winning the bronze medal in Glasgow, I have worked hard to correct y mistakes so come September I hope to get a gold medal.”

Abugiri also disclosed that he had so far received a grant of GH9, 977 from the Ghana Olympic Committee through the Olympic Solidarity to aid him qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“I am very happy to have the scholarship. It is helping me a lot in terms of training.

“I received the first tranche of GH ¢ 9,977 last month, that money serves as motivation for me to train hard for the Olympics,” he stressed.

He also tipped experienced Hungarian-born judoka, Szandra Szogedi, to win a medal for the nation at the All African Games.

“I was with Szandra in Glasgow and she is very good, she will do well at the Games because she has access to travel and most of the Rio qualifying events which are staged in Europe.”

NOTE: In April, 2015, the Ghana Olympic Committee disbursed a total amount of $30,000 to the 12 athletes who were awarded the Rio Scholarships earlier in the year.

Credit: Kweku Zurek/Graphic Sports.