Ghana finished first in the second edition of the ECOWAS Games, thereby maintaining the host and win tradition.
The hosts dislodged Nigeria after picking 37 medals as against the defending champions’ 35 in the seven-day competition, which ended on Friday at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra.
Senegal, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone followed in that order.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Clement Kofi Humado pointed out that “as a way forward into the future of the Games, we need to sustain the noble idea of the biennial Games on rotation basis.
“We must continue to develop these sports and strive to be competitive at both local and international tournaments. We should continue to use sports as an important tool for peace and unity of the sub-region,” he added.
He revealed that the Games have also served as a test platform for the athletes who will be participating in the forthcoming London Olympics.
In his address, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Dr Edward Omane Boamah mentioned that the just-ended Games has renewed his confidence and resolve in the integration agenda of our sub-region and the continent of Africa as a whole.
“Let us remove the barriers that impede the integration now. These barriers are part of the causative factors of our underdevelopment ,” said the LOC chief.
Ghana reigned supreme in amateur boxing with Benin and Niger trailing. It extended its dominance in handball for men with Benin and Togo following.
Cote d’Ivoire emerged winners in the female category, while Ghana and Burkina Faso followed.
Ghana again emerged tops in the men’s volleyball with Niger and Benin following. The ladies category saw Cote d’Ivoire finishing first , while Ghana and Sierra Leone placed second and third respectively.
Niger won gold in traditional wrestling, while Burkina Faso and Senegal finished second and third respectively.
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Captain Duke Micah
The Games Mascot