Ghana managed to go to the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil, after there were doubts of getting there due to lack of funds.
Let us quickly forget about the camping problems of the Black Bombers at the Hockey Stadium and other disciplines who had to struggle and did not to qualify.
Ghanaian tax payers want to know how many officials accompanied the sportsmen, because the Swimming Federation have complained of not taking any of their officials to the Games, and this may contribute to the not so impressive performance of their two swimmers, Kaya Forson and Abeiku Jackson.
Did I saw two boxing trainers in track suits with Abdul Wahid Omar? Some Ghanaians want to know the coaches or technical and medical staff of Ghana in Rio 2016, as well as the media who went on government ticket.
For me, who is very much crazy about advertising and colours, I want to know who designed the running vest of Team Ghana and who approved it.
When did the Ghana colours arrangement change. From independence in 1957, we knew our national colours to be red, yellow and green. Some even say red, gold, green.
At Rio in Brazil, I saw our runners wear red, green and yellow. Please big men and women, I want to know. Was it a design, or it was a style, or our national colours arrangement has changed ?
Ghana Sports is dying, and as some of us try to bring it up, others in so called bigger places rather want to spoil things, or sometimes behave as if they don’t know or intentionally make mistakes.
Oh Ghana why? Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana why? J.J. Rawlings Ghana why? John Dramani Mahama’s Ghana why?
Why is it that people who promise to serve rather want to be served and they commit petty petty mistakes. Some are pardonable, but some are not pardonable.
We, as a nation have to sit up and correct our mistakes in sports. We as a nation must stand up for the best, to be among the best and with the best, not just going for personal best (PB), which is greediness.
Ghana Sports must rise again. There are some people who have not seen the best, so they think good is the best. We, Ghana have once produced Africa’s Flying Queens, namely Alice Anum, Grace Bakari, Hannah Afriyie, Rose Hart and others.
We saw the generation of Cynthia Quartey, Mary Shower, Margret Simpon and Emmanuel Tufour and his mates.
Ghana has before produced great athletes like Adjin Tettey, Mike Ahey, Billy Lomotey, Ohene Karikari, George Daniels, Dan Philips, Richard Kotei, Reks Brobbey, Timothy Hesse, Aziz Zakari and the Myles Mills brothers.
Ghana, we know is a blessed country with natural resources and very intelligent as well as strong people, but why is our performance dwindling?
So many factors come to play and the authorities must sit down and plan well for the future which is always bright for those who know it is bright.
My small advise I can offer is for us to have better preparations, good camping and coaching.
We need motivation of any form and here the government and companies must come in to support from the end of the Olympics to when another one approaches. Not last minute support.
We need well equipped training facilities at home. Lets forget about training in somebody’s backyard where he monitors and knows all our secrets, plans and weapons. So it is good that the government thought it wise to build the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. It can be the training and camping base, and must be maintained to always shine like when it was commissioned.
We need insurance and security for our sports men and women. How safe and sure are they when performing for the nation? This has been bothering the minds of many national sports people and that is the reason why if they are not catered for well, they decide to star for other nations. Clear examples are Ignitius Gaisah for Holland and Maggie Simpson for Mauritius.
So it was a shocker and surprising that some foreign athletes chose to perform for Ghana this time and they were not so good. I will not call them flops, but there are better performers here. Szandra Szogedi stole some show as a raw white competing for a sub Saharan nation, and that was her historic feat.
Just imagine that when Ghanaian Briton turn Ghanaian, Sean Antwi was running 10.43secs in Rio, at the same time Paul Amoah was also doing 10.44secs at the El wak Stadium tartan tracks in the Accra edition of Ghana’s Fastest Human.
Simply, we want the best and the best must led the pack. Tokyo 2020 may be far, but for some of us it is very near. The Olympics is not a place for testing athletes. Stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Pelps and Miller never come there to joke or do personal bests. They come to make marks – amazing performance and new records are what they aim at the Biggest Sports Festival.
Last but not the least, what respect or honour do we have for our sports people that they can go out and kill themselves, like how some people broke their legs and hands, just because they want to be the best.
In fact, Ghana government must take sports very serious. For some of us sports journalists, we do nothing done eat, drink, sleep and work sports. We will talk, we will ask questions, we will criticize until the right things are done.
Ghana at Rio 2016 was a total flop, because no athlete went past the first round or heats. Maybe Ghana did well at the march past, but our running vest was also not Ghana-like, it was not red, gold green and that makes me ask who designed and who approved?
We shall be back