Paracycling team departs for Manchester

Accra, The National Para-cycling team, has departed to the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in a three-day international Para-cycling track championship.

The event, which forms part of the National Para-cycling team’s preparation towards the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Gold coast, Australia, had a team comprising Frederick Assor, a Blind cyclist, Abdul Quaadir Sulaiman, Pilot and Rudolf Mensah, the team mechanic/coach.

In a release copied to GNA Sports and signed by Mr. Dennis K. Moore, it noted that “through the instrumentality of the federation, the final qualification process of Tandem cycling was extended to March next year paving way for Ghana to represent in the Gold coast.

Ghana has however been given a last straw to bite to enable her qualify by attending the last classification event in Brazil next year March. He noted.

The release further noted that the Brazil event is to qualify only two PARA tandem cyclists and the federation has opted to the world body to mandate a classification event in Ghana.

The request for that classification event in the country is imminent and would save the country a lot of money – and again see Ghana at the Games. The statement added.

Team Ghana’s presence in the Manchester event, means Ghana is just an inch away from qualifying to the Gold Coast next year.

It said, Ghana stands a greater chance of winning a medal at the Games in para- tandem cycling since out of the 34 countries expected to compete in the tandem cycling next year, only 5 will be representing, with South Africa, Kenya and Ghana being the only surviving African countries who are set to storm the Gold Coast.

The Federation coughed up over GH?30,000.00 to see the athletes through to the UK.

Ghana is expected to host the 2019 Para-Cycling African Championships event in January.

Source: Ghana News Agency