Africa Zone II Swimming Championship: an eye-opener for Ghana

Author: Kwame Larweh
Abeiku Jackson: Ghana's poster boy in swimming

Ghana got 29 medals, including five gold medals, 15 silver and nine bronze at the just ended Seventh Africa Zone II Swimming and Open Water Championships held at the Trust Sports Emporium in Accra.

The country, however failed, to get an individual to qualify to the Olympics despite the  strenuous efforts of poster swimmer Abeiku Jackson to qualify to the event.

The young talented swimmer, however, has a chance in Durban in another qualifying competition to make it to Tokyo 2020.
Senegal established itself as a giant in the sport when it comes to countries in West Africa as they run away with 47 medals,including 19 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze.

The country made good use of the  International Swimming Federation (FINA) established swimming centre in Dakar to produce young budding talents.

Nigeria placed second on the medal table with a  respectable 31 medal haul, including 11 gold medals, 11silver and nine bronze.

The president of the Ghana Swimming Federation, Theophilus Wilson-Edzie, expressed satisfaction about the four-day competition and lauded the athletes for their wonderful display.

He disclosed to the Daily Graphic that a swimming league would start soon  to sustain the momentum that had characterised this event and to keep swimmers in the country active always.

 The championship was a qualification ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan, with 16 countries from West and Central African participating, namely; Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroun, Mali, Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Niger, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Togo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Fina Development Center- Dakar.