Tokyo 2020: Black Bombers Spar With Japanese National team

Tokyo 2020: Black Bombers Spar With Japanese National team


The Black Bombers of Ghana on Monday and Tuesday engaged their Japanese counterparts to sparring sessions in Inawashiro, Fukushima ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The sparring programme which came as a request from the Japanese coach saw both teams putting up superb performances on Monday, however the fighting session on Tuesday saw the Bombers slightly ahead giving Coach Doctor Ofori Asare an insight into what he should expect when nations get ready to rumble at the XXXII Olympiad.

The three Ghanaian amateur pugilists put up a highly spirited display which was admired by the Chef de Mission of Team Ghana, Mr. Mike Aggrey who watched the training judiciously.

He later said the Black Bombers stand the chance of winning medals in boxing as he anticipates  fair officiating.


The three boxers, Skipper Sulemanu Tetteh (Flyweight), young Samuel Takyi (Featherweight) and Shakul Samed (Light Heavyweight) were just a delight to watch, prompting Mr. Aggrey to commend coaches Ofori and Vincent Akai Nettey for the good work done in preparing the boxers.

He charged the boxers to go for noting than the medal zone and prove that indeed Ghana is a boxing nation.

The Japanese coach hailed the technical men and boxers from Ghana for the display of sportsmanship.

11,091 athletes from 206 nations are expected to compete under the Motto-United by Emotion over 339 events in 33 sports (50 disciplines) from 23 July 2021 to 8 August 2021.

The Games would be opened by Emperor Naruhito at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

By Sammy Heywood Okine / Inawashiro