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13.11.2020 Athletics

Ghana Olympic Committee Mourns Ex-President J. J. Rawlings

By Sammy Heywood Okine
Ghana Olympic Committee Mourns Ex-President J. J. Rawlings
LISTEN NOV 13, 2020

The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) is shocked at the sudden death of Flight Lt. J. J. Rawlings.

President of the GOC, Ben Nunoo Mensah said he was astounded and sad.

"It's a sad day for our nation, Ghana, but we have to live by what he preached - probity and accountability. We have lost a great statesman" he said.

In fact, the entire Sports Fraternity in Ghana is shocked and saddened by the sudden demise of former President Jerry John Rawlings. He was 73.

He became Head of State of Ghana at 32 years, through a coup, overthrowing the Supreme Military Council (SMC) 2.

He handed over power and took it back in December 1981 and was the first President of the fourth republic, serving for two terms from 1992 to 2000.

He was an inspiration and an idol. He was a role model who believed in Accountability and Probity.

During his reign, Ghana won three world titles with Prof. Azumah Nelson, Ike Bazooka Quartey and the late Alfred Kotey.

He also made sure the Black Stars competed in the 1982 AFCON which the Black Stars won, and indeed it is the last time Ghana won the African Nations Cup.

During his time as leader of Ghana, the Black Starlets, Satellites and Meteors were also shining and doing very well on the international scene.

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