‘The BA Challenge’ must be an annual event – Residents tell GAF

After a successful maiden Eagle Extra Stout Armwrestling competition, residents in the Brong Ahafo Region are calling on the organisers to make it an annual event.

Thousands of spectators trooped to the Sunyani Technical University campus to witness the competition and after being satisfied with the event, have called for it to be included in the region’s sporting calendar.

Dubbed, ‘The BA Challenge’, the event was used by the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) to announce their presence in the region and also outdoor the regional executives of the Brong Ahafo Armwrestling Association.

Some residents who spoke to the media said, “armwrestling has been with us for years and we are glad to see that there has been some professional touch added to it.”

Others also said, ”the sport is an interesting one and very easy to play so we wish the people do this every year so that we can also have something to fall on to entertain ourselves.”

President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation, Charles Osei Asibey, was thrilled by the turn-out thanked Brong Ahafo Region for welcoming and accepting the sport.

He also commended the regional executives headed by Norbert for a good job done in making sure that armwrestling was heard of in every corner and home.

He urged to continue working hard for the promotion and development of the sport and assured them of the support from the national executive board.

Osei Asibey also thanked the management of ABL for sponsoring the event with their Eagle Extra Stout and called for more collaborations to spread the sport across the country.

At the end of the day, Harriet Naa Oyi emerged winner in the female lightweight division followed by Serwaa Alice and Vera Owusu Sekyere. In the heavyweight division, Senarita Asare came first followed by Gloria Asantewa and Yvonne Adaakwa.

In the male category, Abdullai Yahaya defeated all his opponents to win the lightweight division and was followed by Kumah Heyford and Richard Siaw. Haruna Mohammed won the middleweight followed by Kwateng Ebenezer and Carlos Gyamfi.

Derrick Adu won the heavyweight division with Isaac Amponsah finishing second and Bernard Sarpong placing third.

However, Isaac Amponsah was crowned the overall champion followed by Haruna Mohammed.

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