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2024 Olympics: We want to qualify at least 15 medal-winning athletes – GAA President

The President of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) Afalebeik Ababu said his outfit’s long-term target is to qualify at least 15 athletes for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

He added these athletes should be capable of winning medals at the next Olympic Games in France.

14 athletes qualified to represent Ghana at the just-ended 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Boxer Samuel Takyi’s bronze was the only medal Ghana brought home from Japan and Ghana’s first in 29 years.

“Our short-term goal is to be able to prepare athletes towards next year,” he said at the sidelines of the unveiling of partnership with Tema Craft Brewery.

“We are coming out with a calendar that will span up to 2024.

 “That calendar is going to determine our activities and then how we’re going to organize the athletes.

“For our long-term goal, we want to ensure that by the time we get to the next Olympics we should be qualifying at least 15 to 20 athletes.

“And they should be athletes that will get us some medals. We are going to build our athletes to the stage that they will be able to win medals at the international level.

“That means we have to also work on our technical aspect. Developing our coaches who’d also be able to handle the athletes at the various stages.

“For now, we need to train new coaches, retrain the old ones so that they will be abreast with the new trends in coaching and handle the athletes well.”

Ababu further stated that they have trained some coaches and technical officials already. Some of them will work as technical officials at the 2023 African Games to be staged in Ghana.

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