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Sammy Heywood Okine

Sammy Heywood Okine

Coach Charles Quartey on Wednesday picked his nomination forms to contest in the upcoming GBA Elections scheduled for July 22, 2021 at the Trust Sports Emporium- Mudor Conference Hall.

He expressed his determination and seriousness to improve upon the quality of boxing in Ghana if he is elected as a member of the executive board.

According to the experienced coach who founded the popular Charles Quartey Memorial Foundation Boxing Gym, the Lawyer Peter Zwennes led administration did quite well and he wants to contribute with his knowledge and experience to get Ghana more world champions.

“The ultimate and dream of every professional boxer is to become a champion, and I will support in many more champs for Ghana” he said.

Charles Quartey who is the head trainer of the newly formed national youth and juvenile boxing team noted that there must be good amateur boxers who have experienced tough championships like the African, Commonwealth and World Games who can become professional world champions.

The former boxer called on the government to support both the amateurs and professionals with incentives.

To him Ghana Boxing can rise to be better because there are many young boxers who are eager to make name for themselves and the nation.

He prayed for all delegates and stakeholders for a successful election.

“A time comes in a man's life when he has to make a decision not only for his good, but for the general good of all.

I therefore went to the GBA office today to pick my nomination form to contest the forthcoming GBA elections as an EXECUTIVE MEMBER

I will therefore be counting on each of you for your support and prayers so we all can move Ghana boxing to the next level.

God bless us all” he said.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

The Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) arrived in the Japanese capital on Tuesday ahead of the start of the Tokyo Games next month.

John Coates and his delegation plan to coordinate the final preparation for the Olympic games under coronavirus restrictions.

Coates, who leads the IOC's coordination commission, will be in quarantine with his delegation for the next three days.

For the following 11 days their activities will be limited due to the pandemic, Japanese organizers said.

Ahead of Coates's arrival, some three dozen people with placards protested against the Games and called on him not to come.

Japan's Olympic organizers and the IOC have had trouble drumming up enthusiasm among the Japanese public for the Games, which are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8.

Tokyo is still in a coronavirus state of emergency until Sunday, but the government is weighing up whether to put the city under a quasi-emergency state during the Tokyo Games.

Coates said last month that the Tokyo Games could be held under emergency conditions, in comments that sparked a backlash in Japan.

The state of emergency in the country is not a rigid lockdown - restaurants should not serve alcohol and are supposed to close at 8 pm. Department stores and cinemas are also closing early. Large cultural and sporting events are allowed, but only with up to 5,000 people.

The Games will be held under very strict hygiene measures and coronavirus rules. They were already postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

At the recent G7 summit, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed his determination to hold the Games regardless of the pandemic and widespread opposition among his country's population.

Source - DPA

General Manager of Ace Power Promotions, Mr Isaac Amankwah, has assured boxing fans of a cracker between two amazing boxers on July 10, 2021.

He announced that undefeated Ghana based Nigerian, super featherweight contender, Joshua ‘Sensation’ Oluwaseun Wahab, will take on South Africa’s Anthony Moloisane with a record of 14 wins in 20 bouts for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super featherweight title at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

Mr Isaac Amankwah said at a press conference on Monday that his outfit was ready to give Ghanaian boxers, the best of competition to prepare them adequately for the future.

He stated that they were ready to abide by the new regulations  and restrictions put up by Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).

“We promise to provide the general public with an action-packed event on July 10 and the WBO African Championship fight should be a good headliner,” assured Mr Amankwah.

“It is very important to get fighters the best of competition here so they will be in good shape to challenge the world championship when the time comes,” he stressed.

The WBO Africa Supervisor, Mr Samir Captan advised trainers to consider partaking in refresher courses to improve on their technical know-how in order to offer their boxers the best of training.

“We need to build our fighters with credible fights to be able to put them in good shape for world championship fights in the future.

“The WBO will always be ready to sanction fights of deserving boxers and I want to call on trainers to consider improving on their technical know-how to help improve fighters,” Mr Captan expressed.

Second Vice-President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Abraham Kotei Neequaye, said they are considering periodic ratings of boxers to know the best fighters who can challenge each other in big competition and title bouts.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

 

 

Eighty-two per cent of quota spots have been filled for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics ©Getty Images

A record number of National Paralympic Committees (NPC) are expected to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) saying 82 per cent of athlete slots have now been awarded for the Games.

As of Monday (June 14), 3,602 qualification spots and 61 universality wildcards spots have been allocated over the 22 sports.

All qualification spots have been awarded in nine sports - boccia, canoeing, equestrian, football, goalball, taekwondo, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

In badminton, cycling, rowing, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis, only the bipartite invitation places are to still to be allocated.

Bipartite slots are awarded to ensure greater representation on a number of levels, and ensure the participation of top-level athletes who have not qualified through over methods.

To date, 168 NPCs have been awarded at least one berth for Tokyo 2020.

The record number of nations to compete at a Paralympics was 164 at London 2012 - meaning if all NPCs with spots send a team, the record will be broken.

"With 10 weeks to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, we are very much on course in terms of qualification," said Colleen Wrenn, the IPC's Paralympic Games chief of delivery.

"Huge credit needs to go to the International Federations for not just staging qualification events during the last 16 months but doing so safely.

"To have 168 NPCs secure their participation so far is an outstanding result and puts us on course to set a new record in terms of global participation at the Games.

"With some NPCs looking to compete at the Games for the first time, it underlines the growing strength, breadth and depth of the Paralympic Movement.

"Our hope now is that all NPCs take up their slots and wildcards and ensure Tokyo 2020 are record breaking Games."

Qualification is still ongoing in archery, athletics, judo, powerlifting, shooting and triathlon.

The IPC is also looking into the possibility of conducting classification in 10 sports in Tokyo itself.

COVID-19 has bad impacted classification, with the lack of international competitions meaning many athletes have not been classified.

"It is fair to say the pandemic has played havoc with classification opportunities around the globe over the last 16 months," added Wrenn.

"What we are trying to do now is work with International Federations and NPCs to classify as many athletes as possible prior to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

"Despite this, it is clear some athletes will still need to be classified in Tokyo ahead of the Games.

"Although this is not ideal, it is the situation we face."

The IPC estimates that more than 80 per cent of athletes will be vaccinated ahead of the Paralympics, which are set to be held from August 24 to September 5.

By Michael Houston 

 

Sierra Leone team picture during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier between Lesotho and Sierra Leone at Setsoto Stadium,Maseru,Lesotho,on 27 March 2021 ©BackpagePix

Sierra Leone became the 24th and last team to qualify to the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

The Leone Stars returned to the continent's flagship competition for the first time since their second participation in South Africa 1996.

Sierra Leone defeated Benin 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon in a rescheduled game that took place at the General Lassana Conte Stadium in Conakry, Guinea.

The Leone Stars finished second in Group L with seven points behind leaders Nigeria (14 points). Benin had the same number of points (seven) and both sides had the same head-to-head results (each winning 1-0 at home), but Sierra Leone qualified on better goal difference (0 compared to Benin -1).

Key Ansu Kamara scored the game’s lone goal from the spot after 18 minutes to give Sierra Leone a vital lead that they kept till the final whistle.

Coach John Kiester men celebrated their qualification after 26 years of absence, while Michel Dussuyer’s Benin who reached the quarterfinals in the 2019 edition in Egypt were left ruing their missed chance.

Source - CAF

 

CAF General Secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba together with Minister of Sports, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi and FECAFOOT President Seidou Mbombo Njoya today, 15 June 2021 opened a new office in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Situated in the COCAN building, the office will be operating from today until after the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.  CAF staff will work closely with the Local Organising Committee in various departments and deliverables.

This is in line with CAF’s promise of providing both technical and on-site support in the next few months to Cameroon in the build-up to next year’s flagship tournament.

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Young champion boxer, Joseph Awinongya Junior has met top Police chiefs and top officials in Joliet, Chicago, such as Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and State Senator John R. Connor, 43rd District Illinois Senate

The 14 year old sensation who has won the national championship eight times, Junior Olympic champion and Silver Gloves National Champion met all Police Chiefs including Chief Malec who was so impressed with the achievements, determination to succeed and commitment of the youngster.

He said Jojo should serve as an inspiration to young men growing up in Joliet as anything is possible through hard work.

Joe Awinongya Junior who has been nominated for the Joliet Chamber Scholarship is enrolled at the Joliet Junior College.

He won the 2021 National Championship, and looking for more competition.

He comes up against Duante Shanks on June 19, 2021 at the South Broadway Athletics Club in the STL Versus Everybody Elite Amateur Boxing Show.

His dad. Joseph Awinonyga Snr. also known as ‘The Ring Master is sure of another victory.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

Black Bombers Get Dietician Justine Sitsofe’s Special Guidance

Registered Dietician. Justine Sitsofe, has visited the training camp of the Black Bombers at the Trust Sports Emporium.

She was impressed with the boxers attitude to training and the determination to raise the flag of Ghana.

According to Coach Ofori Asare the dietician who is based in Kumasi has been occasionally advising the Black Bombers on what to eat at what time to control their weight and also have strength and stamina.

He said she has been collaborating with Tagoe’s Kitchen, the food provider of the national boxing team.

Jusine Sitsofe was part of the team to the African Games in 2019 in Morocco, and she was commended for contributing boxing which has seen three of them earning Tokyo 2020 qualification.

The coach on behalf of the national boxing team thanked the dietician and prayed for more of her voluntary work and love for the team.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

Another 20,000 Olympics workers in Japan are set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine ©Getty Images

The Japanese Government has struck a deal with Pfizer to provide another 20,000 workers involved in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics with the company's COVID-19 vaccine.

The announcement, made by Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa today, doubles the number of workers guaranteed vaccination to 40,000.

Vaccine eligibility has been extended to volunteers who will be working at the Athletes' Village, members of the Organising Committee and domestic media.

"We will work with people in charge to make the vaccine process as smooth as possible," said Marukawa, according to Kyodo News.

Marukawa added the vaccination programme for workers at the Games will begin on Thursday (June 17) at the Ajinomoto Training Center in Tokyo's Kita Ward, the same venue where the Japanese Olympic delegation began receiving shots on June 1.

The IOC signed a COVID-19 vaccine deal with Pfizer in May to offer approximately 20,000 people involved in the Games - including athletes, technical officials and interpreters - jabs free of charge.

The IOC has claimed more than 80 per cent of people inside the Athletes' Village will either have been vaccinated or be in the process of inoculation in time for the Games.

To date, only 13 per cent of Japan's population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with only 38 days to go until the planned July 23 Opening Ceremony.

A survey in mid-May from Japanese daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun, showed that 43 per cent of respondents wanted the Olympics to be cancelled, while another 40 per cent favoured another postponement.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, having been pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Michael Houston 

 

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