Meet the Athletes - Szandra Szögedi

Szandra Szögedi (born 19 October 1988) is a Ghanaian judoka who currently competes in the -63 kg event. Born in Hungary, she is married to a Ghanaian and competes for Ghana in international competitions.[2][3] She competed in the Women's -63 kg at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[4] Szögedi will represent Ghana in the Women's -63 kg at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] She is the first Ghanaian female judoka at an Olympic competition.[5]

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Meet the Athletes - Kaya Forson

Kaya Adwoa Forson (born 19 March 2002) is a Ghanaian swimmer. She competed in the 200 metre freestyle and 200 metre backstroke at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.[2] Aged just 13, she was the youngest competitor at the World Championships.[3] Forson lives in Málaga, Spain.

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Meet the Athletes - John Ampomah

John Ampomah (born 11 July 1990 in Accra) is a Ghanaian athlete specialising in the javelin throw.[3] He is currently schooling at the Middle Tennessee State University and is part of the College team and specialises in Shot put and javelin throw[4]

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Meet the Athletes - Ghana Female Relay Team

Gemma Acheampong Janet Amponsah Gemma Acheampong (born 13 February 1993 in Chicago, Illinois) is a US-born Ghanaian athlete specialising in the sprinting events.[3] She holds the Ghana record in the rarely contested indoor 300 metres event. She qualified for the 4x100 relay for the 2016 Olympic Games [4]in Rio de Janeiro. Beatrice Gyaman (born 17 February 1987) is a Ghanaian athlete specialising in the sprinting events.[1] She won medals in the 4 × 100 metres relay at three African Championships, as well as the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Dorcas Gyimah (born 2 February 1992) is a Ghanaian sprinter specialising in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She represented Ghana in the 200 metres at the ...

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Meet the Athletes - Janet Amponsah

Janet Amponsah (born 12 April 1993) is a Ghanaian athlete specialising in the sprinting events.[1] She represented her country at the 2013 World Championships without qualifying for the semifinals. She won medals in the 4 x 100 metres relay at two African Championships and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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Meet the Athletes - Flings Owusu-Agyapong

Flings Owusu-Agyapong (born 16 October 1988) is a Ghanaian sprinter.[2] She was born in Kumasi, Ghana by Kwadwo Agyapong and Adwoa Akomaa and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 9. She started training with the Flying Angels after her sophomore year of high school and made the provincial team going to the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in 2006 and 2007. She attended Syracuse University on an athletic scholarship, where she broke the school records for the 55, 60 and 100 meters and was 2x 2nd team All-American. She graduated with a Bachelor of science in Public Health.[3]

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Meet the Athletes - Emmanuel Dasor

Emmanuel Dasor (born 14 September 1995) is a Ghanaian sprinter specialising in the 400 metres.[3] He represented his country at the 2016 World Indoor Championships without advancing from the first round.

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Meet the Athletes - Christian Amoah

Christian Amoah (born 25 July 1999) is a Ghanaian weightlifter who currently competes in the 85 kg event. He competed in the Men's 77 kg at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2] Amoah will represent Ghana in the Men's 85 kg at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] He will be the first Ghanaian ever to compete in weightlifting at the Olympic Games.[3]

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Meet the Athletes - Alex Amankwah

Alex Amankwah (born 3 March 1992) is a Ghanaian middle-distance runner specialising in the 800 metres.[1] He attended college and competed in athletics at the University of Alabama, where he set a school record and was a First Team All-American in the indoor 800 metres.[2] He qualified for the 800 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China but was unable to compete due to visa issues.[3][4] He also represented Ghana in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2015 African Games.[5] Amankwah will represent Ghana in the 800 metres at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[6]

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Meet the Athletes - Abeiku Jackson

Abeiku Gyekye Jackson (born 12 April 2000) is a Ghanaian swimmer specialising in the 50 metre freestyle. He competed in the 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, and 100m butterfly at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He holds Ghanaian national records in 13 disciplines, including freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke events over distances from 50 to 400 metres.[2] His older brother Kwesi Abbiw Jackson and younger brother Kow Asafua Jackson are also swimmers.[2][3] Jackson will represent Ghana in the 50 metre freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1]

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Meet the Athletes - Abdul Omar

Rio 2016 scholarship holder Abdul Wahid Omar has earned a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after placing third in the bantamweight division (56kg) at the recent African Olympic Qualifiers in Cameroon. In letter dated 11th April, 2016 and signed by Karim Bouzidi, AIBA Executive Director informed the Ghana Olympic Committee that: “According to the Olympic Games qualification guidelines, the below boxer from your country has earned a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.” Full Name Weight Category (KG Qualifying Competition Omar Abdul Men’s Bantam-56kg 2016 African Qualification Omar, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, missed out on an automatic place in Rio 2016 after losing his box-off bout ...

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Meet the Athletes - Sean Safo-AntwiS. Safo-Antwi

Sean Safo-Antwi (born 31 January 1990) is a Ghanaian sprinter.[2] He competed for Great Britain before switching allegiance to Ghana in early 2016, a move that was not opposed by the British Federation.[3] He was to make a debut for the new country at the 2016 World Indoor Championships but was withdrawn at the last minute.

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Ghana To Present 16 Athletes At Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), has announced a 16-member contingent to represent Ghana at Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio, Brazil, from 5th 21st August. According to GOC, Ghana will present 16 first time Olympians at the games, which has officially been named as ‘Games of the XXXI Olympiad’. Ghana’s contingent will comprise 11 track and field athletes, two swimmers, one weightlifter, one judoka and one boxer, Abdul Wahid Omar, who was one of Ghana’s two bronze medallists at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The track and field team comprises six individual qualifiers: Flings Owusu-Agyapong (100m), Janet Amponsah (200m), John Ampomah (Javelin), Emmanuel Dasor (200m), Alex Amankwah (800m), and Sean ...

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Meg Whitman: I will vote for, and donate to, Hillary Clinton

(CNN)Meg Whitman, a major GOP donor and former California gubernatorial candidate, said Tuesday she would support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, making her one of the highest-profile Republican defections. "Donald Trump's demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character," Whitman said in a statement. "America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide." Whitman, the president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, also said in an interview with the New York Times she would use her considerable resources to make a contribution to the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs. Clinton herself asked Whitman for her support, the businesswoman told the Times, which was the first to report ...

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AU sends best regards to Africans participating in Rio Olympics

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will kick-off on Saturday, 5 August 2016, at 2:00 AM local time, and end on Thursday, 25 August 2016 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 3, 2016/APO/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma wishes all the athletes from African Union Member States who will be participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The African Union continues to display its Olympic spirit through the Africa Games, the last of which were held in Brazzaville The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will kick-off on Saturday, 5 August 2016, at 2:00 AM local time, and ...

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African Women’s Chartered Accountants Association awards AUC Chairperson Woman of Substance Award

The African Women’s Chartered Accountants Association honoured Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with the “Woman of Substance Award.” The Award was handed over by Adv. Thuli Mandonsela, South Africa’s Public Protector, during a ceremony that took place at the Kyalami Theatre in Midrand Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2 August 2016. In her acceptance speech Dr Dlamini Zuma highlighted the pivotal roles that African women and African women movements play in supporting women entrepreneurship, encouraging young women into further and higher education, including in male dominated professions such as Accounting, as well as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas; expanding women’s access to ...

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Black Satellites elimination a setback – Didi Dramani

Coach of the National Under-20 team, Mas-ud Didi Dramani has described Ghana’s exit from the African Youth Championship (AYC) as a major setback in the development of the current crop of players. The Black Satellites were knocked out on a 3-2 aggregate by Senegal in Cape Coast. U-20 tournaments have served as a major springboard for many young Ghanaian footballers to make a leap into professional football. Dramani says the process of monitoring the development of the players needs to continue. “It is a setback in the sense that, where we had targeted to have taken these boys did not see the light of day. It’s unfortunate,” Didi told Ultimate FM. “What we had ...

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Andre Ayew to undergo West Ham medical

Andre Ayew is on the verge of sealing his move to English Premier League side West Ham as he will undergo a medical with the Hammers in the coming hours. According to media reports in the UK, Swansea have agreed a deal with West Ham United for Andre to be released. Swansea are reported to have accepted the £20m tabled by West Ham to help them sign Ayew. Ayew, 26, was on the Hammers’ transfer hitlist last summer, but they failed to reach a deal on the terms of his personal demands. Source: footballghana.com

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Police Commander’s office burgled, GH¢40,000 cash exhibits stolen

Suspected thieves have allegedly broken into the office of the Kwesimintsim District Police Commander in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis in the Western Region and made away with cash exhibits amounting to GH¢40,000. The policemen who were on duty at the district police command are said to have been outwitted by the thieves. The theft, which happened last Friday, has puzzled the command, as the policemen on duty at the police station that day claim they did not hear anything until the district commander entered his office to realise that it had been burgled. According to sources at the police command, they suspected that the thieves had the keys to the main entrance to ...

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Parliament passes Technical Universities Bill

The Bill to convert six (6) out of the ten (10) polytechnics into a fully fledged university has received the unanimous approval of Ghanaian legislators Wednesday. Deputy Education Minister, Alex Kyeremeh, moved the motion for the third reading of the Technical University Bill, 2016 resulting in its passage into law. The Law has the express mandate to convert schools such as Accra, Kumasi, Koforidua, Ho, Takoradi and Sunyani polytechnics into universities. This means that they now have the power to offer various degree programmes starting September. They will operate under the technical university system. Chief Administrators of the polytechnics addressed as Rectors, will now be referred to as Vice Chancellors. They will have to ...

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