Ghana is being represented by 100 athletes, who will participate in 13 sporting disciplines including para weight lifting. The other disciplines Ghana will participate in are athletics, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling, hockey, judo, para powerlifting, squash, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, and weightlifting.
Addressing Parliament on Ghanaâ€™s participation in the Commonwealth Games, the sector Minister indicated that the Ministry has extended strong support to the various disciplines to ensure that athletes get ready for the event.
â€œBirmingham 2022 will be Ghanaâ€™s 17th participation in the Commonwealth Games since our first appearance in 1954. And having won over 50 medals in our past appearances, we are looking forward to improving on our performance at the last Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2022.
â€œMr. Speaker, Commonwealth Games 2022 has already proven to be a unique competition, as for the first time in a global, multi-sport event, there will be more womenâ€™s sports events than men, and this yearâ€™s edition is also scheduled to have more para events.
â€œI am happy to inform the House that Ghanaâ€™s delegation is well represented by women, with 40 of our delegation being women. We are also being represented in para weightlifting.
â€œOur commitment as a country to the Commonwealth Games, through successive regimes, has never been in doubt. It is the reason the Ministry of Youth and Sports has also extended strong support to the various sports disciplines to ensure that our athletes get ready for this eventâ€.
The Member of Parliament for YAGABA-KUBORI also explained the importance of Ghanaâ€™s participation in the Commonwealth Games.
â€œMr. Speaker, Ghana has been an integral part of the Commonwealth, and for over six decades since our maiden participation in the Games, we have been part of a union that has always brought together a third of the worldâ€™s population to promote friendship through sports.
â€œIndeed, the power of sports to bring people and nations together; big or small, rich or poor, developed or developing, is clearly manifest in the Commonwealth Games.
â€œWhile the benefits to the nation, in terms of improving bilateral relations, are enormous, participating in the Commonwealth Games, also gives our promising young athletes in schools the opportunity to compete internationally and open doors for them.
â€œMr. Speaker, I wish to request the support and prayers of the House, as our athletes lift up our flag in Birminghamâ€, he concluded.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games starts from July 28 â€“ August 8, 2022, incidentally, is the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games since its inception of the Games in 1930.
Source : Ghanaweb