4/28/2012 12:01:21 PM -
The national amateur boxing side, the Black Bombers' chances of flying out to Morocco to compete in the Africa Olympic qualifier is hanging by thread.
Flight challenges in Casablanca have left the Bombers, who were scheduled to travel yesterday, stranded in the country.
The Bombers were expected in Casablanca for the weigh-in session yesterday at 9am and indications are that their failure to meet the deadline will rule them out of the qualifiers.
The setback stirred federation president, Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, to fall on other alternative-going by a Military Aircraft to ensure that the country is not denied participation in the forthcoming Olympics.
Earlier, the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) had informed The International Boxing Association (AIBA), formerly Association International de Boxing Amateur, organizers of the competition, about the incident.
'We have written to AIBA to include our boxers in the official draw so they can have their weigh in prior to their bouts,' Ambassador Quarcoo revealed.
'It will be unfortunate if we fail to participate in the competition, taking into account the amount of money spent on the team's travels outside the country and within to make sure boxing is represented in the London Olympics,' he added.
The competition begins today to May 5, and 203 athletes from 35 nations are expected to take part in the AIBA African Olympic qualifying event for the 48 quota places available.
The Ghanaian boxers expected to fly out for the showpiece include Sulemanu Tetteh, Duke Akuetteh Micah, Isaac Kojo Dogboe, Benjamin Lamptey, Musah Rahman Lawson, Azumah Mohammed, Lerrone Ricahrds, David Akankolim Bawa and Maxwell Amponsah.
Also travelling with the team are Ambassaodr Quarcoo, leader of delegation, Dominic Kankam, Secretary General, Asare Ofori, coach, Dr Ken Aryeetey, team doctor.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum