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Judo: Ghana excels at West African Champs

Team Ghana made a bright start to their campaign at the 2014

Commonwealth Games after judoka, Razak Abugiri, won a bronze medal in the men’s -60kg contest on the first day of competition on Wednesday 24th July, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre in Glasgow.

England's Danny Williams (blue) throws Connor Ireland of Wales as Williams wins his 73kG Preliminary Round in the Judo at the SECC during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 25, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Judo. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Ghana’s Judo team last Saturday won two gold and a bronze medals at the West African Judo Open Championship held in Abidjan.

Razak Abugri and Raymond Numeshie won the gold in the 60kg and 100kg categories, respectively, while Eliazer Doodo clinched bronze in the 73kg category.

Ghana’s Abugri received the best Judoka award, with the Ghana team being adjudged the team of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Team Ghana will take part in a training programme being organised by the International Judo Federation to introduce them to the techniques of the sport.

The president of the Ghana Judo Association, Emmanuel Tetteh, told the Daily Graphic that the championship served as preparatory ground for the Ghana judo squad ahead of next month’s All Africa Games in Brazzaville.

He expressed concern about undue delay in the release of funds by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the team’s preparation for the games, saying the delay is undermining their build-up for the games.

He disclosed that 10 athletes scheduled to participate would be conditioned to compete favourably and win medals for the nation.