05.02.2002 Wrestling

Sports Council to introduce traditional wrestling

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The Acting Chief Executive of the National Sports Council, Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, has said plans are advanced to, introduce traditional wrestling as a major sporting discipline.

He said the decision to introduce wrestling is because it has the potential to develop faster than other sports in the country. Dr Owusu Ansah said this in Bolgatanga when he accompanied the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Edward Osei Kwaku on a day's working visit to the region.

He said Ghana had already participated in a friendly international wrestling competition in Burkina Faso, where the team performed impressively. He said after the Burkina Faso trip the Ministry organised similar competitions in Mamobi and Nima all in Accra.

He said people turned up in their numbers to watch the event while majority of them expressed showed enthusiasm to fully participating in it. He said several competitions would be organized nationwide to select a team for an ECOWAS Traditional Wrestling Championship later in the year.

Dr Ansah, said research conducted revealed that traditional wrestling was popular in the coastal areas of the country, notably Central Region and Northern Ghana

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