In the 1500m men’s race Ghana’s Azumah Sampson did the nation proud after finishing with a time of 3mins57secs. He had a confident start and finish win after opening a gap of about 50m.He was followed immediately by his fellow countryman Attah Gyamfi Bright who also did a time of 3mins58secs to give Ghana silver.
David Barnabas from Nigeria took the bronze medal with a time of 3mins58secs43ms.
Ghana again took the silver and bronze medals in the women 800m event. The country’s duo Agnes Abu and Rita Lionab took the second and third positions respectively.
Abu did a time of 2mins09secs while Lionab also did a time of 2mins16secs. Shimbmengey Ager from Nigeria won the gold in this event with a time of 2mins09secs.
These races were the opening race for the ECOWAS Games which will span from Saturday June 16 to June 22, 2012 at the El Wak and Accra Sports Stadia.
Disciplines to be competed in are; athletics which will be held at the El Wak Sports Stadium while boxing will be held at the refurbished RLG/Hathramani Sports Hall.
Volleyball and Handball will also be held at the tennis court of the Accra Sports Stadium while Traditional Wrestling will also be held at the Car Park of the same venue.
In a related development, the Vice President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama commissioned the refurbished DG Hathramani Sports Hall which was fully sponsored by RLG Communication Ghana Limited, an indigenous company in the country.
The short ceremony was held on Saturday prior to the opening ceremony of the games. The total cost for the refurbishment was pecked at GH¢2million.
At a colorful opening ceremony for the Games, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Clement K. Humado, commended the Local Organising Committee (LOC) headed by Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, for their efforts in bring the Games to light after they were sworn-in about two months ago.
He said after the seven day period of the games, it will be expected from the youth to have competed in an atmosphere of peace, unity and friendship to make the theme for the Games which is; ‘Promoting peace and Unity among ECOWAS youth through Sports’ achieve its objective.
The minister also advised the 10 participating countries including Ghana to compete in a friendly manner and urged the officials to be free and fair in their judgment in other to prevent any chaos.