Alem Mumuni likely to switch nationality

32 year old Ghanaian para-olympic athlete has complained bitterly about the nation’s treatment on “disabled” athletes especially those who participated in this years Brazil para-olympics games which has called for a nationality switch debate. Alem competed in two events during the games held in Brazil, the Cycling Road Men’s Time Trial and the Cycling Track Men Individual Persuit. He confirmed in an interview he is thinking twice on nationality since he has a family to feed after retirement and it will be shameful if he fails to do that. “I…

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GWF withdraws suit against GOC

The Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) has withdrawn a lawsuit it filed against the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and its leadership to pave the way for an electoral congress as stipulated in the November 23, 2015 resolution passed by the general assembly. Also affected in the joint suit were the GOC president, Prof Francis Dodoo, and his Secretary General, Richard Akpokavie. A source close to the office of the lawyers of the plaintiff told the Graphic Sports that the instructions for the discontinuance of the case was given because their client…

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Canadian athlete ‘ingested cocaine during sexual encounter’

World champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber was right to compete at the Olympic Games despite testing positive for cocaine ingested during a sexual encounter, says Athletics Canada. The 22-year-old avoided a two-year ban after successfully arguing that the drug was passed on through “kissing”. An independent arbitrator ruled no fault or negligence by Barber, who finished a lowly 10th in Rio. Athletics Canada called the decision “fair and reasonable”. Barber posted an online advert seeking a casual encounter with a woman who was “drug and disease free” the night before…

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Ghana will win Olympic medals – GOC

The secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Richard Akpokavi, is confident Team Ghana could end their 24-year old medal drought in 2024, where the venue will be named in 2017. The last time Ghana won a medal in the multi sports event was in Barcelona 1992 where the football team picked bronze and since then have failed to make any impact in successive Olympic games. Last month in Brazil, Team Ghana presented 16 first time Olympians and none progressed to the next stage in their respective disciplines, but…

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HFC Bank partner with GAA for ‘Ghana-Tokyo-Gold’ Olympic campaign

The Opening Ceremony of the much anticipated 2016 National Youth Athletics Festival has been held in Sunyani. The Festival which is partly sponsored by HFC Bank will see hundreds of young men and women from all ten regions in Ghana compete for honours in various athletic disciplines. This year’s Festival has received much publicity due to a three-year sponsorship package from HFC Bank. The Bank and the Ghana Education Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June to sponsor the National Youth Athletics Festival for the next three years…

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Kenya Olympic officials in court over ‘Rio fiasco’

Two Kenyan Olympic officials have been granted bail after appearing in court over alleged mismanagement of the national team at the Rio Olympics. Francis Paul, the secretary-general of the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (Nock), Pius Ochieng, Nock’s vice chairman, and a third man, Stephen Soi, are being investigated for theft, abuse of office and neglect of duty. The officials are blamed for a series of problems facing Kenya’s athletes. They have made no comment. Bail for Mr Paul and Mr Ochieng was set at $2,000 (£1,530). Mr Soi had…

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Rio Paralympics 2016: Russia banned after losing appeal

Russia will not compete at next month’s Paralympics in Rio after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) upheld the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) ban on all Russian competitors. The IPC made the decision in light of the McLaren report, which detailed a state-sponsored doping programme operated by Russia. The Paralympics begin on 7 September. The IPC’s decision to ban the entire Russian team “was proportionate in the circumstances”, according to the Cas panel, which said it would publish the full grounds…

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