Mawuko Afadzinu (Table Tennis)
The President of the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) was nominated as Chairman of the Year due to his personal contribution to the development and promotion of Table Tennis in Ghana. He is responsible for rise of the game and massive improvement of the Golden Loopers, the national Table Tennis team who have improved in the world and African ranking.
In the season under review, he found sponsorship to organize many programmes, like the league and knock out which really helped the players, some even got scholarships to prepare for international tournaments, like Derek Abrefa who is in the best 6 in Africa and Cylia Baah Danso who was the only Ghanaian female player at the last African Championship. The Communications and Marketing Manager of Stanbic Bank is an executive board member of the Ghana Olympic Committee GOC and chef du mission for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Herbert Mensah (Rugby)
The President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union has in his reign made the sport very popular and injected much enthusiasm for players and officials to give off their best.
He has spearheaded the team to qualify to the World Series after winning the West Africa competition and moving on to the African championship. He has created employment and engaged many players who now feel part of the sport in Ghana. The businessman and former Asante Kotoko chairman is an executive board member of the Ghana Olympic Committee GOC and heads the media relations committee.
Under his chairmanship, the Ghana Eagles, as the Ghana national Rugby team is known, managed to lift the Bronze or Third Place cup after it was ranked as number one based on the Pool results.
On 10 May 2017 the World Rugby Council approved the application by the Ghana Rugby Football Union as a full member union, bringing the total number to 104 full members and 17 associates.
Besides for the promotion to Full Membership of World Rugby, Ghana Rugby also experienced a memorable year in other areas.
Winner of Rugby Africa Regional Challenge – West 1Ghana Rugby was awarded the hosting rights for the 2017 Rugby Africa Regional Challenge – West 1 between Benin, Ghana and Togo in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana Rugby managed to win the tournament by beating Benin 46 – 5 and Togo 10 – 0 to lift the Regional Challenge Trophy.
Ghana Rugby competed for the first time in the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in Kampala-Uganda by beating Mauritius 26 to 0 to be placed 9th in the Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament.
The competition was played between ten of Africa’s best nations between 6 and 7 October 2017 in Kampala-Uganda.
Ghana Rugby ended 2017 on a high note when was promoted from the Rugby Africa Regional Challenge to the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup.
Paul Atchoe (Volleyball)
The Vice President of the West Africa Volleyball Federation is also a member of the Commission on Beach Volleyball for the African Volleyball Confederation.
Ghana Volleyball has improved tremendously under his reign as Ghana moved from 49th on the continent of Africa to 9th and connoisseurs of the game believe they can be better. The clubs have also done well, as champions in the sub region and are rated among the best on the continent. Ghana Volleyball and Beach Volleyball have great potential to rub shoulders with the best in the world. The former skipper of the national team, the Black Spikers is the first vice president of the Ghana Olympic Committee GOC and chef du mission for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Charles Osei Asibey (Armwrestling)
He led the Ghana Armwrestling team to grab 21 medals at the 2017 African championship held in Nigeria, which was the first time Ghana participated. He is Deputy Secretary of the continental body of Armwreastling, and has made the sport one of the fastest growing sports. His contribution and vision has earned Ghana the right to host the next African championship in Accra Ghana. The ace broadcaster formerly with Happy FM now of Multi Media is an executive member of SWAG and Communications Director of the Ghana Olympic Committee GOC.
Evans Yeboah (Badminton)
Badminton has become popular and many youth has taken interest in the game. He is the reason why Badminton is on the media and the players have international exposure and rated among the best on the continent. He is a Council member of the Badminton Confederation of Africa. Chair – Finance & Remuneration, Badminton Confederation of Africa. He is second vice president of the Ghana Olympic Committee GOC and chef du mission for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. He is also BCA (Badminton Confederation of Africa) Presidential Candidate. Evans has brought Ghana badminton a sporting sponsorship for USD 500,000 of media airtime till next Olympic Cycle.
He organized a successful international Taekwondo Open championship in Accra which attracted many practitioners of the sport from the continent and USA. The event was hailed as one of the best which also gave chance to Ghanaian players to test their strength and skill among international players. He is an international referee and an executive member of the African Taekwondo Federation. The Customs Officer is treasurer of the Ghana Olympic Committee GOC.
Under his reign, the GTF sent an athlete, Selasi Damalie, to the 2017 Egypt Open in Luxor last February and another team of three para-taekwondo athletes, two males and one female (Stephen Sansah, Azumah Salih Mohammed and Kubura Awudu) to the 2nd African Para Taekwondo Championships in Rwanda last April and the team brought home the first bronze medal in a continental para-taekwondo championship. The GTF sent two athletes (Benson Addo and Eunice Adadepo) and a coach to the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, Korea last June.
The GTF organised the first WT sanctioned international championship in Ghana last August as you stated and it was actually the first open championships for individual entry in sub-Saharan Africa.
The GTF renovated the Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium for the Ghana Open.
The GTF president was nominated or and elected as World Taekwondo Africa Executive Council Member last June – the first Ghanaian to serve in the continental council.
In collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the internationally acclaimed Korean Tigers visited Ghana and put up spectacular performances at the Korean Community Sports Complex in Ghana and at the Accra international Conference Centre last November. He also organized the Korea Cup championship and “I Love Taekwondo” video contest.