The Board of Special Olympics Ghana has assembled 16 intellectually disabled athletes in Takoradi for intensive preparation in a bid to win medals at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
The athletes were picked after a three-day national sports fiesta held at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra two months ago.
While four of them will compete in athletics during the games, 10 will compete in seven-a-side football competition. The seven-a-side players are Justice Zidah, Prince Kweku Kye, Samuel Ackon, Kenneth Koomson, Samuel Essien, Isaac Brew-Daniels, John Afoh Hamza Mohammed and Suleman Ibrahim, all from Twin City Special School. The rest are Isaac Otchere Quansah, Adan Adamu and Constant Hevi, all from Dzorwulu Special School in Accra.
Others in camp are Habib Haruna from Yumba Special School in Tamale, Ametorwosi Tetteh from Gbi Kledzo Special School in Hohoe, Lawrence Ababio from Garden City Special School in Kumasi and Hannah Dantakor from Twin City Special School in Takoradi.
Speaking to the Graphic Sports Online, a Board member of Special Olympics Ghana, Nana Wereko Ampim Opoku, said those who got the nod to join the team were going through intense preparation at the Twin City Special School in Takoradi.
He said the team would return to Accra to continue with the training prior to their departure to Abu Dhabi.
He appealed for financial support from corporate Ghana to ensure a smooth camping ahead of the Abu Dhabi Games early next year.