GOC briefs federations on 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

Accra, Sept. 21, GNA
– The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has held a meeting with some national
sports federations to discuss Ghana’s preparation in the 2017 Commonwealth
Youth Games (CYG) in the Bahamas ahead of the deadline for the submission of
Team Size on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

The federations were
briefed by the Secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr. Richard
Akpokavie and the Deputy Secretary General Rev. Richmond Quarcoo, about the
format and objectives of the Games.

Present at the
meeting were representatives of the Ghana Swimming Association, Ghana Rugby
Association, Ghana Judo Association, Ghana Boxing Federation, Ghana Athletics
Association, Ghana Tennis Association and the Ghana Volleyball Association.

According to the
Games Organising Committee, the competition will feature eight sports. The
games will introduce 2 new sports, Beach Soccer and Judo while dropping
Archery, Lawn Bowl, Weightlifting, and Squash. Cycling will also make a return
during these games. Beach Volleyball may also be recommended into the games but
it is still pending.

The sporting
disciplines to be represented are Aquatics, Athletics, Beach Soccer, Boxing,
Cycling, Judo, Rugby sevens, and Tennis. 

The CYG, which will
feature up to 1300 athletes aged 14-18, was one of the issues on the agenda for
the abortive GOC ordinary Congress on July 23, 2016.

It will be recalled
that Ghana won its first gold medal at the CYG when long jumper Richard
Seklorwu clinched first place in his event at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth
Games.

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