President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) Charles Osei Asibey has told the media that his outfit is motivated by the number of nominations they have received by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana.
Armwrestling, a fast growing sport in Ghana since its initiation in 2016 has received 4 nominations in 4 categories for the 43rd SWAG Awards to be held in April 2018.
The Golden Arms, who went to the Africa Championship in Nigeria to place 2nd overall after grabbing 22 medals have been nominated in the National Team of the Year category, with the Black Sticks (female Hockey team) and the Local Black Stars. Also, Isaac Nii Amugi, who grabbed 2 gold & 2 bronze (70kg) at the Championship in Nigeria, is in contest for the Discovery of the Year Award with David Akwei of Weightlifting and Suzzy Dede Teye of Ladystrikers & Black Maidens.
Haruna Tahiru, after winning 2 Gold at the African championship, has been nominated for the Para Athlete of the year and has only Charles Narh Teye, a Power lifter to compete with. Tahiru was the only disabled athlete Ghana took to Nigeria last year.
To top it all, Charles Osei Asibey, is in contention for the Association President of the Year category with 5 other Presidents; Paul Atchoe of Volleyball, Herbert Mensah of Rugby, Evans Yeboah of Badminton, Mawuko Afadzinu of table Tennis and Frederick Out Lartey of Taekwondo.
The Barrister, who was speaking after the launch of the MTN SWAG Awards, on Thursday, January 25, noted that the recognition is enough even if they don’t win any of the Awards, promising a better 2018.
“I feel that, our hard work is being recognized. Even if we don’t win in any of the categories we have been nominated for, we think that we have done enough in the year and have been recognized by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana. In the Year under review, Armwrestling without major support through the help of cooperate Ghana made inroads. We went to Africa and won 22 medals, the highest achievements by any Federation in this country, we organized events across the country, we trained referees and coaches, and currently there are 5 top referees in Africa and all are Ghanaians even though we met Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa in the sport. We also have a World Junior Referee. So within the year, if you put everything together, I think we did well and were encouraged by the nomination. In 2018, we are going to do more than what we did in 2017.”
Armwrestling deserves 2 or more of the Awards, if not all, as they arguably had the busiest year in 2017. From their national championship in May, through the Referees and Coaches training, to Africa championship and to campus rumbles.
The Armwrestling Federation after their wonderful performance in Nigeria last year have been giving the nod to host the Africa Armwrestling Championship 2018.