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24.01.2005 Sports News

Loli is National Taekwondo Heavyweight Champion

Loli is National Taekwondo Heavyweight Champion
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Accra, Jan 24, GNA - Augustine Loli, a Madina-based Taekwondo player was at the weekend crowned the National Taekwondo Heavyweight Champion in the National Taekwondo Championship tournament at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium.

Patrick Ampim from Takoradi placed second while Zongo Adnan of the Rangers Club of Accra won Gold to place first in the men's Welterweight Division with Theophilous Addo taking the silver prize.

Stephen Yeboah won gold in the Middleweight Division, Stephen Yeboah took the Gold with Kofi Kyei taken the Silver in the Bantamweight division while Raphael Boudi got the Gold and Ghana Marvine took the Silver in the Welterweight division.

The rest of the winners were Alhassan Okine took the Gold and George Abbey Silver in Featherweight Division while Emmanuel Adorfu and Solomon Sherrif took Gold and Silver respectively in the Flyweight category while Mohammmed Fuseini and Aaron Loli placed first and second in the Lightweight Division with Patrick Kweku and Richmond Attipoe collecting Gold and Silver in the Finweight division.

Briefing the GNA Sports, Africa's best Taekwondo Coach, Mr. Norbert Amefu praised the National Sports Council and its acting Chief Executive for their immense support to make the championship a success.

He advised Taekwondo practitioners to improve upon building their unity in the interest of the Association so as to encourage especially the youth to participate in the sport.

Fred Afari, a U.S based Taekwondo player who organised the championship in conjunction with the TAEKWON Security Services of Abbosey Okai appealed to well- endowed Ghanaian Taekwondo players and officials to assist the association to develop and grow.

Afari, a former Instructor of the U.S. Taekwondo College based in German Town, a suburb of Maryland added that, "our local Taekwondo players can do better abroad considering the intensity of the train they have acquired and they should therefore build upon it to compete with favourable with their counterparts in the United States of America who no better than them".

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