On Tuesday, the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games was held with an amazing display of colour and the celebration of togetherness and strength in our otherwise perceived weakness.
The Paralympic competition is held after the Olympics for amazing men and women who are differently-abled.
While some of them had their impairment from birth, others have acquired theirs while going through life.
Just as in the case of Oku Nii Tettey Immanuel, the man who acted as Ghana’s flagbearer during the opening ceremony in Tokyo today.
Oku was amputated in his left leg after suffering a gunshot wound while on duty as a palace guard.
After recovering from his surgery he initially did not have ambitions of going into sports. It was the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio that urged him to follow this path.
“One day I was watching sports on TV, they were showing the Paralympic Games in Rio. I saw people being pushed in wheelchairs, lifting weights, and I was like, ‘Wow, I can do this’, because before then I was a bodybuilder,” he told the International Paralympic Committee.
“So, I developed an interest for the game. One day a friend introduced me to the Para powerlifting team of Ghana. I went there, I watched them training, and then I started training,” he added.
He took up Para powerlifting in 2018 and in 2019 he participated in his first international competition for Ghana in Lagos, Nigeria.
Early this year, he joined team Ghana at the Para Powerlifting World Cup in the UK.
Nii wants to become a world champion in his chosen discipline and we wish him the very best in Tokyo.
Go Team Ghana!
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