GOC sponsored Taekwondo Team return home after Rio 2016 qualifier

12661783_10208638745156359_2335392972176418682_nA Ghana Olympic Committee sponsored taekwondo team made up of four players and two officials has returned home after taking part in an African Taekwondo Qualification Tournament in Agadir, Morocco from February 5- 7.

Consistent with its aim of assisting national teams and athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games, the GOC paid for the air fares and accommodation fees of the taekwondo team for the all-important qualifier.

In sponsoring the team, the GOC went beyond its core mandate of leading Team Ghana to the Olympic Games after National Sports Federations and the National Sports Authority have prepared and supported the national teams to qualify for the Games..

Ghana was represented by four taekwondo players including the US based duo of Danielle Pelham (58kg) and David Adjetey (80Kg), and the Ghanaian based pair of Eunice Abedapo (49kg) and Terence Asare (58kg).

Only the top two positions in each weight class were guaranteed automatic qualification to the Olympic Games.

Of the four players, Danielle Pelham, a bronze medalist at the 2015 All African Games, was Ghana’s best performer at the qualifier. She settled for a bronze medal after losing her semi final match.

2015 All African Games silver medalists David Koney Adjetey and Terrance Tetteh lost in the preliminary round of their respective events.

David Koney Adjetey commented on his performance at the competition with the following post on his facebook wall:

“Lost 8-2 . I give thanks to God for my abilities and I know He has better plan for me .Thanks for all the wonderful support. At least I know I fought hard but fell short. Proud to always represent my motherland Ghana,” he wrote.

The players were accompanied by the President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Frederick Lartey Otu and head coach Stephen Yeboah.

Meanwhile, the GOC continues to look for opportunities to support Ghana’s teams to prepare and qualify for the Olympic Games, Currently, only 800m runner Alex Amankwah has qualified for Rio 2016.

In early January, the GOC held discussions with the various federations to gather information about their best prospects for Rio 2016, with the GOC insisting it will assist athletes with the best prospects for Rio 2016 to qualify for the Games.