University of Ghana Sprint Coach, Elorm Amenakpor, has called for better preparations for athletes that have qualified to represent Ghana in the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
The trainer for the former UG athlete, Benjamin Azamati, is proud of his trainee for breaking the 22-year old national 100m record in the US during the Texas Relay with a time of 9.97 seconds (1.5 m/s), qualifying him to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
He wants better preparations for all the athletes who have qualified for the games have been postponed to July 23 to August 8, 2021, because of the pandemic.
Ghana has not claimed an Olympic medal since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.
He believes better preparations will end Ghana’s 29-year medal drought.
“…right now what are the preparations that are being put in place? The government, the federation, and the GOC should be able to make preparations. Not for only Azamati but for the rest of the athletes like Joe Paul, Martin Antwi in London…
“These are the defending champions of Africa so that is the discussion we should be making,” he said.
Qualified Ghanaian Athletes for Tokyo 2020
Track events: Joseph Paul Amoah, Benjamin Azamati
Field events: Nadia Eke
Boxers: Sulemana Tetteh, Samuel Takyi, Shakui Samed
Ghana has won four medals at the Games but is still chasing its first gold.
The country sent a team of 14 athletes to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com