Pan African Special Olympics: Ghana sweeps 16 medals

Author: George Ernest Asare
The Interllectually Disabled football team, with team officials displaying their silver medals after their game against Algeria

Ghana’s Intellectually Disabled Athletes put up a splendid performance at the just-ended Pan African Olympics Games in Cairo by winning three gold, seven silver and six bronze medals to prove a point for more support.

The football team began the medal haul when they won silver after losing 0-1 to Algeria in the final at the Military Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday January 29.

Just before their celebration could die down, Joseph Tetteh Ametorwosi of Gbi Kledjo Special School and Benjamin Akosah of Garden City Special School gave Ghana her first two gold medals in the 200 metres.

The male athletes, made up of Benjamin Akosah, Alfred Bosompem of Twin City Special School, Elijah Ayin of Dzorwulu Special School and Joseph Tetteh Ametorwosi, kept the Ghanaian contingent on their feet when they claimed gold in the 4X100 metres.

In the male 100 metres event, Ametorwosi fell short of winning gold, but claimed silver, while Princess Ayin of Dzorwulu Special School won silver in the 200 metres and a second silver in the 100 metres

Hannah Dantakor of Twin City Special School in Takoradi also made Ghana proud by winning silver in the 200 metres and anchored the female quartet, comprising Lawrencia Ababio of Garden City Special School in Kumasi, Princess Ayin and Victoria Obeng of Aboom Methodist in Cape Coast to win silver in the 4x100 metres.

The bronze medalists were Elijah Ayin (200m, long jump), Hannah Dantakor (100m), Victoria Obeng (100m, 200m) and Alfred Bosompem (200m).The athletes returned home early today