Ghana made a historic maiden appearance at the 40th World Armwrestling Championship held in Antalya, Turkey with four athletes competing in both left and right arm battles.
The country’s participation in the event was spearheaded by the management of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) and supported by Kofikrom Pharmacy.
Team Ghana was represented by Alberta Ampomah, Derrick Kwakye, Edward Asamoah and Haruna Tahiru.
Speaking in an interview with armwrestlingghana.com after their competition, female captain of the national armwrestling team, Alberta Ampomah, thanked the leaders of GAF for facilitating their participation in the competition.
She said although Team Ghana could not make it to the medal zone, the experience and exposure alone was enough for them to prepare for future competitions.
She added that they will make good use of the lessons learnt and defend their title won at the Africa Armwrestling Championship held in Ghana in July this year.
Male captain, Edward Asamoah, also mentioned that he will share his skills and knowledge acquired with his colleagues so that the Golden Arms can get a formidable team for international competitions.
Team Ghana was led by president of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF), Charles Osei Asibey and his vice Kofi Addo Agyekum. The two participated in the world armwrestling congress where critical decisions concerning the development of the sport were taken.
Osei Asibey in his capacity as the Deputy Secretary-General for Armwrestling Federation of Africa (AFA), would led the African delegation at the congress while Kofi Addo Agyekum also led Team Ghana.
The president made a presentation from GAF to the Executive Board of the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF).
In the right arm battle, Alberta Ampomah finished ninth out of 16 athletes while Edward Asamoah finished 23rd out 27 with Derrick Kwakye finishing 29th out of 29 and Tahiru Haruna making it 22 out of 22.
In left arm, Alberta finished 14th out of 15 while Asamoah finished 21st out of 27 with Kwakye finishing 23 out of 27 and Haruna making it 13 out of 24.
Haruna also competed in the para event finished eighth out of 18 for the right arm battle and sixth in the left arm battle.