The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei-Sowah has said he will institute and fund the first Armwrestling Club in the Odododiodoo Constituency.
Hon. Adjei-Sowah made this known when the leadership of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) called on the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of the Accra Metropolis, at his office in Accra.
The visit was to formally inform him of Ghana’s hosting of the 2018 Africa Armwrestling Championship in July.
The Mayor, who was decorated with an International Armwrestling medal in response to the request for him to be a patron told the Press “I will form and fund an Armwrestling Club knowing there are African Champions in my constituency who belong to know clubs. I will be responsible for their training and equipment”.
Hon. Adjei-Sowah said, he’s happy to know that Armwrestling in a single championship won 22 medals for Ghana which an entire Olympic or Commonwealth team could not.
We must not over rely on just Football, Boxing and Athletics but pay equal attention to other sports disciplines that have the potential to put Ghana on the World Map and consider the health, economic, tourism and other benefits.-The mayor said.
He said his office will champion sports mainly due to the health benefits and also to use it as a medium to brand the city as well as attract tourists.
He pledged his personal support and that of his office to the promotion and development of the sport and also assist with the hosting of the Africa Armwrestling Championship.
Hon. Sowah again noted that the championship will serve as a platform for the AMA to showcase the rich culture of Accra and also make known the various tourist sites in the capital.
He further urged corporate Ghana to invest in sports development and promotion as he’s taken to do for Swimming, Basketball, Boxing and Armwrestling.
The Ghana Armwrestling Federation will next week formally launch the hosting of the 9th Africa Armwrestling Championship in Accra, 2018 where about 15 Countries are expected to participate.