Since participating for the first time in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Ghana has often sent a contingent, no matter how small, to the Paralympic games.
Delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is also featuring athletes from Ghana.
Three athletes are representing Ghana and making sure the Red, Gold, Green with the Black Star is flying in Tokyo.
Immanuel Nii Oku Tettey, Yusif Amadu and Fredrick Assor are the athletes competing for Ghana in Tokyo.
Immanuel Nii Oku Tettey was the flag bearer for Ghana during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games that was held last Tuesday.
His left leg was amputated after being shot working as a palace guard. The 30-year-old will compete in the Men’s 72kg Powerlifting event.
Yusif Amadu is a high jumper who competes in T42 High Jump. T42 para high jump classification is for athletes with single above the knee amputations or a disability that is comparable. Yusif is living with impairment to one leg due to the effects of polio.
Fredrick Assor is a cyclist. He will compete for Team Ghana in the Men’s B 4000m Individual Pursuit and the Men’s B 1000m Time Trial.
Assor is blind and competes in the Tandem event which sees athletes get assistance from someone with eyesight.
Ghana has not won any Paralympic medal since it first featured in the games in 2004.
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