By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey| Voltaonlinegh.com |
Two Volta Regional Taekwondo Clubs, Diamond and Volta Academy have made progressive impact at the just ended 10th Korea Cup Taekwondo Championships.
The teams who had athletes in the male Seniors, Juniors and Cadet, chalked 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and a trophy for the Most Promising player in the Junior Category.
With 11 participants, Hassan Amadu lost to Mohammed Oman of Fighters Club, Accra, in the round of 16 in the -54Kg category. Mahamed Isaka defeated Zolekif Alidu of Fighters Club and went on to the quarter finals to beat Prisons’ Alimo Gabriel who won against Volta’s Courage Klutse. Isaka lost his next bout against Amadu Mossi of the University of Ghana to grab a Bronze medal in the -58Kg category.
Hassan Haruna unfortunately fell to Fighters’ Abdulai Sumani in the Seniors quarter finals after defeating Anthony Dadzie of Golden Dragon in the round of 16 stage in the -63Kg category.
For the Juniors -48Kg category, Zakariya Kalid won Volta’s first Gold medal after a glorious victory against Matey Ferdinand of Mapro in the straight semis and Amarnor Amartey of Tema Tech in the finals. Then came another Gold medalist, Moumouni Sadly in the -59Kg seeing off a stiff competition from Ahabli Godwin of OLAMS in the straight semis. Moumouni, who was decorated with the Most Promising male player trophy, was smarter than Francis Madjie of Smart Roots Club in the finals.
Alex Larweh, after standing by in the straight semis of the +78Kg grabbed Silver, as he failed to beat Seth Holm of Smart Roots Club.
Immran Muhammed lost to Prince Asem of Queens Club in the round of 16 stage of the Male Cadet -33Kg after beating fellow Volta player Khalid Al-Hussein in the prelims. In the same category, Ali Issah fell to Okoe Kelly (eventual winner) of Rangoon in the round of 16 after beating Gameli Kelvin of St Mary’s in the prelims.
Usman Immran also lost to Edmond Ahiabu of Martin Luther in the prelims of the -37Kg.
Coach of the Volta Taekwondo Association, Prosper Medadues Badohu expressed his delight in an interview with TalksenseSports.
“I am very happy that our athletes are happy because they have just had their first time appearance and experience at the Championships. Our athletes we use to bring are worn out and some are in school as well. I must also say we achieved these without the necessary equipment, both digital and protective, is a huge exploit. In all, though compared to other clubs in terms of medal we were not the first and not the last, we did well. Going forward, we appeal for motivation because we are just to ourselves, managing these clubs without support from anywhere. When it comes to Taekwondo in Ghana, many know Volta has talents.”
With support, the Association can register many athletes for this and other Championships that will expose them to the bright future.
The Association however keeps working on the creation of new clubs in the schools and the community with Achievers Tkd Academy at Ho Agbasiafe RC one of them.