The World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) has confirmed that its General Secretary, Mircea Simionescu – Simicel, would be in the country to witness the 9th edition of the Africa Armwrestling Championship to be held in Ghana.
According to www.armwrestlingghana.com, Mircea Simionescu – Simicel is expected in Accra on July 25, 2018 and would be met on arrival by the Executive Board of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) led by Mr Charles Osei Asibey.
The 9th edition of the Africa Armwrestling Championship is scheduled to take place at the DG Hathramani Sports Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium from Thursday, July 26, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018.
About 13 African countries and over 100 athletes have so far confirmed their participation in the event.
Ghana won the bid after winning majority of the votes cast against Morocco at the Armwrestling Federation of Africa (AFA) Congress held in Lagos, Nigeria, last year.
GAF President, Charles Osei Asibey explained that they took the challenge to host the event because they wanted to encourage participation by Ghanaians and Africans while enhancing local and technical development of the sport.
He said it was also to prevent a situation where Ghana cannot travel to better the success chalked in Nigeria in the event where the hosting right went to a different country, and added that it was also to promote and popularise armwrestling across the country.
He noted that Ghana’s hosting of the event is also to promote tourism and affirm Ghana’s hospitality to Africa and the world and attract corporate Ghana to invest in the sport.
Members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) are; Kwasi Haizel – Chairman, Charles Osei Asibey – Vice-Chairman, William Ezah – COO, Mikki Osei Berko – Public Relations, Kofi Addo Agyekum, Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, and Melvin Brown – Members.
The rest are Diana De-Graft Quarshie – Member, Samuel Aryeh – Member, Dr Martin Engman – Member, Saka Acquaye – Member, Mavis Amanor – Member, Kwabena Owusu Sekyere – Member, Nathaniel Laryea – Member, and a representative from AMA and MoYS.