Mrs. Joyce Mahamam president of the Women Sports Association of Ghana (WOSPAG) has called on the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) to feature more females in the upcoming 2020 Olympic Qualifier for African boxers at Dakar, Senegal next month.
Speaking to Yours Truly in an exclusive interview on Ghana’a participation in the 2020 Olympic Games Qualifiers she said Ghana must try to send boxers in all weight categories to make it to Japan.
“Our female boxers are very good, I feel they should be encouraged to go for the qualifiers for experience and exposure. This issue of no money to cater for all the boxers must stop. We must even take some media to Senegal to watch and report on the qualifiers” she said.
According to Mrs. Mahama it is sad that the football teams of Ghana; the Black Meteors and Black Queens could not qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Games, so she appealed for support for the other sporting disciplines like athletics, boxing, fencing, volleyball, weightlifting, table tennis and swimming.
She urged the media to support the various national teams that are going for qualifiers for Tokyo 2020.
Mrs. Mahama who is a member of the Women’s Commission thanked the president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah for his vision and relationship with the African National Olympic Committees Association (ANOCA) president that resulted in securing funds to support the preparation of Ghanaian athletes towards the Olympic Games.
She tasked all sportsmen and women going for Olympic qualifiers to do their best and make it to the top.
By Elizabeth Alhassan and Sammy Heywood Okine