Executive Member and Deputy Secretary of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Adnan Lamptey, has cast doubt on the psychological level of Ghana’s taekwondo athletes for the 2019 All African Games in Morocco.
According to him, the martial art sport needs strong and fit lads but Ghana’s representative going into the competition have undergone less physically and psychologically training necessary to keep them in shape.
He added that the association was however bent on providing good athletes as Ghana yearned to win more medals.
Mr. Lamptey attributed the worrying trend to less funds from the government and other corporate bodies.
“I doubt the psychological level of the athletes, most of them go home after training and that will not aid a good sport man in winning medals.
The tournament is just a month ahead and without camping it might be difficult for us to win medals. Our counterparts are converged in camp trying to bring out their best for their country. The Association lack funds,” he noted
Mr. Lamptey described the phenomenon as challenging and added that proper training conditions together with camping should be put in place before the starts competition.
“We need more time to train and learn more before we leave a proper training base need to be provided. Every minutes count in sports but going home and coming the next day for training on daily basis is disturbing.In fact it is our biggest challenge for now”
The 12th African Games will take place in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco from 19-31 August; 2019.
Morroco was selected to replace Equatorial Guinea as the host of the 2019 edition in July 2018.
Story by: James Eshun|universnewsroom.com