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21.05.2007 Sports News

Ghana For Varsities Games In Thailand

By D. Graphic

Ghana will be making a strong representation at the 24th Universiad Games in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 8-18 this year.

Thirteen athletes, including seven from the University of Ghana, Legon, who were selected at the end of the last Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games will begin camping from July to fine-tune ahead of the World University Games.

The team, which also includes three each from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Cape Coast will be led by six officials.

Mr Tetteh Opai, Coach of the University of Ghana Sports team, told the Daily Graphic that the squad was the strongest yet, and believed it would hoist the flag of Ghana high.

Lilian Kyei, a level 200 student, who was last Friday crowned the best female athlete of the university, and Bawa Fuseini, the best male athlete, are expected to anchor the team to do exploits for Ghana.

Also making the trip are Olivia Kyere-Boateng (100 and 200 metres), Michael Osei Owusu (100 and 200), Ricky Eugene Asantey (100, 200), Albert Essuman (200 and 400) and Rita Petershie (100 and 200).

The slim-tall Lilian, holder of the University of Ghana 100 metres record, and also the 200 metres record from last year's GUSA Games, told Daily Graphic she hoped to at least win bronze to placate her fans.

The level 200 student, who represented Ghana at the last African University Games in Tswene, Pretoria, South Africa and placed sixth in both the 100 and 200 metres events is optimistic that, using the experience acquired at the South African event, she could improve on her time.

β€œAt Tswene, I was very nervous because it was my first time and consequently could not give of my best, but I hope to make amends in Thailand,” the light-skinned athlete told the Daily Graphic.