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Ghana Crowned overall winners of the ECOWAS Games

Host nation, Ghana bagged a total of 37 medals to emerge the overall winners in the just ended 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Games at the Elwak Sports Stadium on Friday. Ghana was ranked first after cumulating 17 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze totaling 37 medals.

 Nigeria placed second with 13 gold, 16 silver and six bronze totaling 35 medals to make it to the second position on the medal table.

 


Senegal came third after winning 4 gold, one silver and two bronze making up seven medals. However, Sierra Leone ended on the last position after winning only a bronze in the women handball competition.

 

Overall, a total number of 11 West African countries including Ghana competed in five sporting disciplines namely; handball, volleyball, boxing, athletics and traditional wrestling at the Accra and Elwak sports Stadia.

 

In handball, Ghana won gold in the men’s division while Benin and Togo took the silver and bronze respectively. Cote d’Ivoire however took the gold in the women division while Ghana and Burkina Faso walked away with silver and bronze accordingly. The fair play trophy in the men and women category was awarded to Benin and Burkina Faso respectively.

 


Ghana was also picked up gold in the men’s volleyball and was followed by Niger and Benin who won silver and bronze respectively, whiles in the women’s division Cote d’Ivoire won gold, followed by Ghana and Sierra Leone. Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone were also awarded with the fair play trophy in the men and women category.

 


The Black Bombers, Ghana’s amateur boxing team emerged winners in all the five weight categories and took the gold medal while Benin took silver and Nigeria took bronze. Benin was awarded with the fair play team.

 


In the traditional wrestling competition, Niger picked up  gold, Burkina Faso with silver and Senegal walked away with bronze. The fair play team was awarded to Ghana.

 


The ECOWAS Games which was aimed at promoting peace and unity among ECOWAS youth was targeted at preparing the young athletes under the age of 23 for the upcoming Africa Championship in Benin and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 


Over 2,000 athletes and officials converged at the nation’s capital, Accra, to compete for honors and also build new networks and socialize.

 


At the end of the competition the baton was handed over to Cote d’Ivoire by the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Dr. Edward Omane Boamah to host the 3rd edition which is expected to come off in 2014.

 

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