We can do better after our best performance at the Commonwealth Games in 24 years

President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah

The President of the Commonwealth Games Association and the Ghana Olympic Committee reiterated his belief that Ghana can produce outstanding results in future continental and international sporting events with proper long-term planning, financial support through sponsorships, as well as adequate training and camping.

Ghana’s team narrowly missed out on an elusive Commonwealth Games gold medal after Abraham Mensah’s controversial loss to Northern Ireland’s Dylan Eagleson in the men’s bantamweight boxing contest final.

The verdict against the 19-year-old Ghanaian from Jamestown drew boos and cat whistles from the stunned NEC Boxing Center in Birmingham.

“Without looking like a bad loser, this verdict could easily have gone Abraham’s way and it would have been a well-deserved gold medal.”

According to Mr. Nunoo Mensah, records and statistics show that the Ghana team has consistently produced the best performance at the sports festival attended by 72 nations and territories since 1998.

“The five medals our boys and a lady won could easily have been in the double digits, but there were slip-ups including close decisions against the Black Bombers, a no-show in the boxing final due to issues of health from Joseph Commey and the unfortunate disqualification of our men’s sprint quartet”.

The Birmingham Games produced two silver and three bronze medals in boxing, the women’s long jump and the men’s 200 meters final.

The determined performances of Deborah Acquah, Abdul Wahid Omar and Joseph Paul Amoah secured at least bronze medals in their events.

While Abraham Mensah and Joseph Commey put on brave displays to bring home the money in their boxing divisions.

The modest laurel tally matches Ghana’s best performance at the Games since the 1998 edition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Boxer Raymond Narh won the only gold medal that year to add to Ghana’s team silver and three bronze medals also won in Malaysia.

The GOC Chairman referred to history to back up his assertion that incremental progress is being made even though Ghana can do much better.

“If you recall, at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 we won just one bronze medal, followed by three medals at the 2006 edition in Melbourne, Australia.”

He added that good preparations, proper selection and sponsorship of athletes has always been the key to Ghana’s success or failure at the Commonwealth Games.

In 2010, Ghana made steady improvement with four medals in Delhi, India.

This was followed by the Glasgow Games in 2014 where Ghana returned home with two bronze medals ahead of the 2018 edition held in Queensland, Australia where Ghana won only a bronze medal secured by boxer Jessie Lartey.

“So even though we didn’t win a gold medal in Birmingham, it was a very impressive team performance by one of the youngest contingents we’ve come through in recent games. We can’t at all to rest on our oars”.

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