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Jamaican Sprinter Veronica Brown Hangs Spikes with fountain of emotions

Veronica Campbell-Brown (1982– ) •
Veronica Campbell Brown

A celebrated Jamaican Sprinter, Veronica Campbell Brown has finally bided a goodbye after years of impactful performance.

The Queen of trucks has disclosed this via her Facebook wall in which post she recounted with nostalgia, the numerous successes as well as challenges in her sporting trajectory.

“I take off my spikes never to put them on again, this girl from Clarks Town walks away happy contended with a race will run.” Madam Brown posted.

The 39-year year old athlete will be remembered for her astonishing performance during her hey days in both 100 and 200 metres.

She is an Olympic medalist and an athlete who has won two consecutive 200 metres event in Olympics5.

Veronica Brown was full of laudation to her husband, Omar Brown who doubled as her career coach. She praised her agent and fans for their support in her outstanding career.

“All glory to the Lord for my success, He blessed me with the talent, the will to stay focused and the requisite work ethics. Additionally, He placed authentic and supportive people in my life who served as pillars of strength as I maneuvered the highs and lows which littered my athletic career.” Veronica Brown stated.

Story: Mohammed Rabiu Adam/Nationalistgh.com

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GFA Sacks CK Akonnor as Black Stars coach

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Black Stars head coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor has been sacked.

Akonnor, who previously captained the senior national men’s soccer team, was appointed head coach in January 2020 following the departure of James Kwasi Appiah.

He was Appiah’s assistant in his last three months before he was sacked.

After 20 months in charge, the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has taken a decision to terminate his appointment.

He managed 10 games with the last being a 0-1 loss to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a Group G 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Akonnor was sacked together with his two assistants including David Duncan.

The Executive Council of the Ghana FA has formed a three-member committee made up of Vice President Mark Addo, Upper East Regional Football Association Chairman Alhaji Salifu Zida and Randy Abbey to find a Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the Black Stars within the next 72 hours.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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All hail Samuel Takyi! Ghana’s first Olympic medalist in almost 30yrs

Featherweight boxer Samuel Takyi is set to win Ghana’s first Olympics medal in almost three decades after beating Colombian Ceiber Avila in his quarter-final bout on Sunday, August 1.

Takyi, 20, booked a place in the quarter-final after beating Ecuador’s Jean Carlos Caicedo Pachito last Wednesday in his debut fight.

On Sunday, August 1, Takyi won two of the three rounds over the experienced Colombian fighter to win at least Bronze for the country at ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.

It will be the first Olympics medal for the country since the Bronze medal won in Men’s Football at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the first in boxing since Prince Amartey’s Bronze at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

He will also join the likes of Clement Quartey (Rome 1960) and Eddie Blay (Tokyo 1964) who also won boxing medals for Ghana.

The 20-year-old will, however, aim to become the first Olympic Gold medalist for the country as he fights Duke Ragan of the USA on Tuesday, August 3 for a historic shot at the most precious medal.

Source:3 News

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Ugandan weightlifter deported from Japan after going missing

Julius Ssekitoleko was pictured on arrival from Japan
Julius Ssekitoleko was pictured on arrival from Japan

A Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from a pre-Olympics camp in western Japan has been flown home a few hours before the official start of the Games.

Julius Ssekitoleko is currently being held at Uganda police headquarters to determine whether or not he had committed a crime, CID Spokesperson Charles Twino said.

He left the camp a week ago and was later found by the authorities buying a railway ticket.

Ssekitoleko’s mother, pregnant wife and government officials who had travelled to Uganda’s Entebbe airport to meet him on Friday morning did not get an opportunity to greet him on arrival.

In a statement, the ministry of foreign affairs said the athlete was being “rehabilitated”.

It said the government would “help him understand how such acts of misconduct cannot only affect him as an athlete but also other athletes in the sports sector and the nation at large”.

When he disappeared, Ssekitoleko had left a note saying he wanted to stay in Japan and work.

Source: The BBC

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