Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib [Ghana’s Chef du Mission for the 2018 PyeonChang Olympics] is very optimistic that the Winter Games is a great platform for Ghana to make history.
Addressing the media at the GOC on Ghana’s qualification and preparations, the Chef du Mission revealed that Akwesi Frimpong is Ghana’s sole representative in the upcoming Games.
According to Jerry Ahmed, who is also a board member of the Ghana Olympic Committee [Executive], the qualification of Frimpong as the first Ghanaian to do the Skeleton event is historic in itself and called on the media to grant him the publicity.
The Chef du Mission who would lead the super star and his team comprising a coach and physiotherapist, plus the GOC President and General Secretary noted that the performance Frimpong is inspirational and urged the youth not to give up but thrive to do something and never get discouraged until they have achieved positive gains.
He hinted that before he qualified, Frimpong was ranked 95, and now he is among the top 60 in the world in his discipline.
Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the GOC said Frimpong has been getting some funds in a form a grant of $1,500 for eight months to support his training.
He stressed that the qualification of athletes from Ghana, Nigeria and Jamaica, where snow does not fall is a great feat and an opportunity for future generations.
He said the GOC has a budget of $57,000 for PyeonChang and appealed to corporate Ghana for funding. He said some companies like Cocoa from Ghana, Melcom, Samsung, Binatone and Hyundai have promised to provide for the GOC.
The Winter Olympic Games starts from February 9-25, 2018 in South Korea.
Source: Sammy Heywood Okine
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