Ghana National Petroleum Cooperation (GNPC) organized a cocktail send- off party for the athlete’s coaches and officials that will be representing Ghana at the Olympics in Rio last Saturday and announced 120,000 USD for the team.
The nation company has stepped in to support the GOC to send the stranded athletes to Rio by cater for their plane tickets and per diems.
The Ghana Olympic squad departed for the Olympic Games yesterday which they have arrived safely and their currently at the Games Village.
In a move that signals a broader scope of support for sports, GNPC indicated that it will support the Ghana Olympic Committee to identify and nurture talents to ensure that Ghana is adequately represented on the world stage, in particular, at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio, and at the Olympic Games at Japan in 2020.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Alexander Mould, Chief Executive of GNPC said: “The Olympics are the world’s biggest spectacle and we are proud to play our part to ensure that Ghana participates.
Although most people associate us with football, GNPC is already expanding its scope across sports, and working with key stakeholders to identify where we can make the most impact through infrastructure, partnerships and initiatives. We are already sponsoring Ghana’s Fastest Human competition, to help produce formidable athletes that can feed into a sustained Olympic programme for Ghana.”
The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee Professor Francis Dodoo, in acknowledging GNPC’s support, observed that GNPC’s role as an enabler in the area of sports development is timely and strategic. Mr. Dodoo added: “The current Ghana Olympics squad, comprises mostly of young athletes with an average age of 22 years. We believe exposure at the Rio Olympics will develop them further to make a bigger impact in 2020. We also have the fastest female 100m quartet in Africa, who have recorded the fastest time ever. All of this means that we have a great future ahead.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports, honourable Nii Lante Vanderpuye said: “On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, we wish to express our sincere thanks to the Board and Management of GNPC for responding to our appeal to support Team Ghana. This patriotic act hopefully would be an example to other corporate institutions to emulate”.
In an interview with Asempa Sports, boxer Abdul Wahid Omar, who was one of Ghana’s two bronze medalists at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, says he is ready and well prepared.
“I am very ready to do my best and just am just waiting to meet my first opponent to show him what am capable of doing it”
“I believe myself and I know my preparation can get me to the final though I cannot promise of winning medal”
National number one swimmer, Abeiku Jackson said he is well prepared, “I am very prepared to go beyond the hits even though there is a lot of pressure but I’ve being in a situation where there are a lot of pressure”
“My target is to start a new national record which obviously it will be my personal best”
Ghana will be presented by 16 first time Olympians at the games which will start from 5th to 21st August 2016.
Ghana’s contingent will comprise 11 track and field athletes, two swimmers, one weightlifter, one judoka and one boxer.
The track and field team comprises six individual qualifiers include Emmanuel Dasor (200m), Janet Amponsah (200m)Alex Amankwah (800m), John Ampomah (Javelin), Flings Owusu-Agyapong (100m), and Sean Safo-Antwi (100m) and the 15th-placed women’s 4x100m relay team made up of Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman, Dorcas Gyimah, Persis William-Mensah and Akua Obeng-Akrofi.
The rest of the athletes to make up the 16 contingent team are Abdul Wahid Omar (Boxing) , Szandra Szogedi (Judo), Kaya Forson and Abeiku Jackson (Swimming), and Christian Amoah (Weightlifting).
From Asempa Sports/Immortal Agyakwah-Acheampong.