Ghana Weightlifting Federation grabs Rio 2016 slot

WeightliftingThe Ghana Weight lifting Federation has secured a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after being ranked  5th out of 10 nations in the men’s team classification at the 2016 African Championships in Yaoundé,  Cameroon.

The top 5 ranked teams at the competition were each rewarded with a quota place at the Rio 2016 Games by the International Weightlifting Federation.

Team Weightlifting needs to make a decision on which of their athletes will take up the sole slot for Rio 2016 having presented competitors in the 62kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg and 105kg divisions at the competition.

With this latest development, Ghana has now secured six places at the Rio 2016 Games made up of four athletes and a boxer namely: 800m runner Alex Amankwah, 100m sprinters Sean Safo Antwi and Flings Owusu Agyapong, javelin thrower John Ampomah and boxer Abdul Wahid Omar.

The sport has seen a lot of activity locally in recent times with the Federation organising a youth development programme aimed at unearthing only last month.

It will be recalled that Alberta Ampomah made history becoming the first Ghanaian to compete in the sport of weightlifting at the Olympic Games at London 2012.

Team Weightlifting is the latest team to benefit from the Ghana Olympic Committees drive to support national sports federations qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Olympic governing body has sponsored seven major national teams to participate in Olympic qualifying events this year including the national taekwondo team, national table tennis team, national badminton team, national cycling team, national fencing team, national beach volleyball teams (male/females) and the national boxing team.