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09.07.2005 Swimming

Hope For Medals In Olympic Swimming

By Kwasi Amo-Mensah
Hope For  Medals In Olympic Swimming
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Over the years, it has been a difficult task for Ghana to win medals at Olympics. I believe strongly that if we had prioritised swimming as a sport in Ghana, we would have been winning lots of medals in the competition. Facilities are not there to train people in swimming but if we mean to institute it as a big sport in the country, we would really part ways with medal barreness at Olympics.We have won too few medals at Olympics and it is therefore pertinent to explore other sports for hopes of more laurels. Ghana boasts of outstanding swimmers in the Central Region who are waiting to hear a motivational whistle from the Ghana Olympic Commitee before puting their talents to test. Anyone who watched last summer`s Olympics would be so desperate to see Ghana in the swimming contest. There are lots of places in Ghana which can give us good swimmers. Talk about towns at the coast, then you are talking about areas which can surely get Ghana into the medal zone at Olympics. You would see swimmers turning themselves inside-out in water combined with speed and confidence. Our main problem would be coaching which brings into focus the issue of an expartriate coach. However, this would not be an impediment. If we get the facilities intact our dear swimming giants in Ghana would not see their talents going down the drain. The last Olympics saw Ghana getting zero gold, zero silver and zero bronze. Who knows maybe swimming, had we participated, would have been our only pride. With Black Meteors and the Aziz Zakaris missing medals painfully, it is now time to re-direct our medal winning hopes on sports like swimming. Sometimes trial and error is helpful. This would not even be an issue of trial and error. With confidence and determination, we can go places in swimming with our abundant talents. I hope against hope that Ghana gives a nod to swimming as her competing game at Olympics. All the best, Ghana Athletics. Views expressed by the author(s) do not necessarily reflect those of GhanaHomePage.

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