All is set for Ghana to host the rest of Africa in this year’s Cadet Junior Africa Fencing Championships at the University of Cape Coast from February 24 to 28.
The championships, being hosted by the Ghana Fencing Association, in conjunction with the Africa Fencing Federation, will comprise 20 countries on the continent.
250 athletes expected
In all, about 250 athletes and officials will participate in the championships which will feature the U-15 and 17 cadet category, U-20 junior category and individual and team events in Epee, Saber and Foil in three weapons category.
In an interview with the Daily Sports, the President of the Ghana Fencing Association, Mr Mohammed Hamadi, said “all is set for the organisers to receive the competing teams in the country and host a remarkable event, showcasing the Ghanaian culture to the world.
Team Ghana’s preparation
‘According to the president, Ghana’s team had been in camp for two months now preparing feverishly to unleash their skills on her opponents during the competition and win medals for the nation at the competition,’ he said.
"As the host, the national team is not under pressure but the athletes are very passionate to do their best to put Ghana on top of the world, while making sure they stand tall among their peers from Africa,” he added.
The Ghanaian side will be in Cape Coast today for a three-day interaction session with some basic and senior high school students in the municipality and surrounding communities to create awareness of the event and boost the confidence of the team.
Ghana will parade 40 athletes in the various categories in the male and female divisions, and the winners of the Africa Championships will participate in the junior championship in the US from April 4 -11.
Touching on security, he noted that he had had series of meetings with the police to help maintain law and order before and during the event.