“Our uniforms arrived late” – GJA president
Emmanuel Tetteh, President of the Ghana Judo Federation (GJA) has bemoaned the late arrival of uniforms for his team, at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The late arrival of the uniforms compelled the federation to borrow uniforms for the Judokas to compete.
Tetteh, whose accreditation was revoked by the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) but later restored, said the uniforms arrived Wednesday, July 30, four days before the close of the Games.
He said the uniforms arrived at a time, Judo had completed their participation in the competition adding that the absence of the uniforms affected their performance in the event.
According to Tetteh, they were compelled to borrow uniforms for the Judokas to compete in the Games, adding that, the uniforms were even without Ghana flags.
Tetteh, said the situation led to the disqualification of some of the Judokas because they were not properly inscribed.
The GJA president said, but for the absence of the uniforms they could have done better.
Judo was one of the disciplines that fetched one of Ghana’s two medals in the competition.
Razak Abugiri, who also competed in a borrowed uniform in the 60kg category, won a bronze medal in the competition for Ghana.
Further checks by the GNA Sports reveals that, apart from Emmanuel Nartey, a member of the British Army, who competed with uniforms from his sponsors, Alex Amoako 66kg, Dominic Agudoo 60kg, Abubakari Alhassan 81kg and Raymond Normeshie – 100kg all competed in borrowed uniforms.
Tetteh said there was the need for things to be done properly in future because arrangements for the Games were not in order.