Monday 15th August, 2016
By Edna A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Aug. 15, GNA
– The Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) says they have already begun
preparations for the next Olympic Games in 2020 in Japan, Tokyo.
representative in the ongoing Olympic Games, Christian Amoah, failed to
progress to the second round of the competition.
The President of
the Federation, Ben Nunoo-Mensah said he was not disappointed in his athlete’s
performance because he was a young inexperienced weightlifter competing with
“Christian Amoah is
17 years and has lots of weightlifting years ahead of him and is a prospect for
the future,” he said.
The President said
the GWF currently have young athletes, who with the right support from
government and corporate bodies can make it in Tokyo.
“With the average
age of between 15 to 17 years of highly talented kids with a lot of
weightlifting years ahead of them, the future looks bright for the sport.”
He said the
Federation would be competing in the African Junior and Youth Championship in
Algiers as well as the IWF Junior and Youth and the Commonwealth Junior Youth
and Senior Competitions in Malaysia in September and October respectively.
He said, “This is
where we need to start from; our strength in Africa and in the commonwealth
currently is at the junior and youth levels and we must do all that we can to
ensure that our athletes starts taking on the world from those levels where
they have competitive advantages to build their self-confidence and start the
journey to Tokyo 2020”.