Other Sports of 2014-08-04

Judo: Ghana competed with borrowed uniforms…

Ghana’s Judo team, was compelled to compete with borrowed uniforms at the just ended 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to information reaching sportscrusader.com, the Judokas had to rely on borrowed uniforms because the ones arranged for the team were not available as at the time of competition.

In addition, the uniforms had no Ghana flags on them, a situation which brings to fore some of the organisational challenges that occurred at the Games under the leadership of Prof. Francis Dodoo’s Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).

Federation president, Emmanuel Tetteh confirmed to the media, that the team’s branded costume arrived a day after their competition, compelling them to borrow uniforms which the athletes were not familiar with.

He said the team would have done better than just picking a bronze by Razak Abugiri.

According to him, the use of the ‘foreign’ custume with no Ghana inscription incurred the displeasure of the competition’s officials to slap Ghana with disqualifications from time to time.

Tetteh, who has had issues with members of the GOC, which resulted in the revocation of his accreditation but was later restored, expressed his displeasure over the management of affairs in camp.

“Our uniforms arrived just yesterday (Friday) can you imagine that?, when we have finished our events. These are some of the things we complain about and they say we want to run them down.

“We were bent on winning more medals if the right things were done, because I invested in the team and they showed great promise in their preparations..

“We were disqualified on number of occasions because we didn’t use the right uniforms, when you ask why things are not done right they think you hate them or you want to pull them down.” Tetteh said.

Judo clinched Ghana’s first medal(Bronze) until boxing made it two also a bronze in the Games which ended with a spectacular closing ceremony yesterday.