Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ghana Wins 2nd ECOWAS Games......

                             Team Ghana celebrating their V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.....
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.

......More pictures from the final day
                                                        Ghana's Volleyball Team

                                                          The Black Bombers
                                           Black Bombers celebrating with their coaches
                                               Black Bombers pose with their overall trophy
                                                     Black Bombers coach Ofori Asare
                   Sulemana Tetteh and Duke Micah pose with coaches of the Black Bombers
                                            Black Bombers team at the GAMES
                        Ghana's Sulemana Tetteh in a pose with his compatriotsin the Bantamweight division
                                          Ghana's Jessie Lartey pose with his compatriots in the lightweight division
                            Musah Rahman Lawson pose with his compatriots in the light welterweight
                                  Emmanuel Martey poses with fellow boxers in the light heavyweight
                             Duke Micah in a pose with fellow flyweight boxers
                                                           Emmanuel Martey
                                                             Musah Rahman Lawson
Captain Duke Micah
                                                                   Jessie Lartey
                                                              Isaac Dogbe
                                                        A happy coach Ofori Asare
                                                The Cultural Party was not left out.....
                                                          The Games Mascot
The Games Mascot

                                                                     Dancing Mascot
                                                               rlg Mascot
                                                                    rlg Mascot

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