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07.10.2004 Sports News

Commonwealth Sports Award ln Ghana

By Raymond-Accra

The 25th Commonwealth Sports Awards marking the Silver Jubilee of this prestigious event takes place in Accra this Saturday, October 9 at the poolside of the Five-Star Labadi Beach Hotel.

The Silver Jubilee of the Awards is taking place just a few months after the Athens Olympic Games when over 120 medals were swept up by Commonwealth sportsmen and women.

The event which has President John Agyekum Kufuor as the guest of honour will also feature a host of sporting personalities, coaches and administrators from across the Commonwealth. The dignitaries expected in Ghana this week for the event include:

Frank Bruno MBE, former WBC boxing Champion; Louise Martin CBE, Secretary, Commonwealth Games Federation; Frankie Fredricks (Africa's greatest male sprinter), Sir Peter Heatley (Scottish executive), Maria Mutola (Africa's best female athlete), Tony Finnigan (former footballer Crystal Palace and Blackburn), Dalton Grant (Commonwealth gold medallist, long jump), Bobby McGregor (Olympic swimming champion), John Fashanu (Sporting ambassador), Ian Dowe (World building champion).

During their stay, the personalities will visit historical places like the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and also pay a courtesy call on President Kufuor at the Castle, Osu.

Other sports personalities scheduled for the night who couldn't make it due to other commitments have sent statements to be read for them at the awards ceremony.

Statements have so far been received from John Barnes (former England International), Danny Williams, (the boxer who demolished Mike Tyson, both former award-winners).

Entertaining artistes include Pamela Maynard from out of Canada and Amartey Hedoleh from the USA.

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