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First ever Grappling Ghana Open hailed a success

Action from the grappling match at the maiden Ghana Open which came off successfully in Accra on Saturday 26 June, 2021

The Professional Combat Sports Association of Ghana (PROCSAG) held their first Grappling Ghana Open championship Saturday at the Alko International School, located inside the Old UTC, Accra much to a resounding success which saw the best athletes in various categories go home with winning medals.

The winners of the ladies division being decorated with their medals

From the juniors competing under International Grappling Federation (IGF) regulations in various divisions both male and female through to the seniors participants treated spectators to intense combat sessions of different types of grappling, showing much promise on the preparedness of Team Ghana to compete on the international stage.

Evans Bernie-Johnson, Executive Director of PROCSAG led the team of officials to supervise and execute the one-day competition which has participants representing over five regions cut across Ghana.

Another Executive Director of the Ghanaian governing body of the sport who was immense is Gabrie Akosah Bobbie, in charge of compilations of the scorecards for all contests on the occasion.

Medals and certificates were presented to all winners, with the certificates even extended to those who finished outside the medals bracket.

In the end, the organisers expressed satisfaction with the championship and reiterated their appeal to government, corporate bodies as well as individuals who have the sport at heart to lend them a support and helping hand through sponsorships and funding.

“We have been practicing this sports in Ghana for three years now and there is a clear indication of its rising growth and we have so many young athletes who are learning fast and ready to tale on their counterparts in international competitions,” said Mr. Bernie-Johnson.

“All we ask for is for our countrymen to pay attention to what we are doing and support us in every way possible because these athletes are determined to achieve a lot with Grappling on the global stage. Funding our activities hasn’t been easy and we will appreciate any support financially or in terms of equipment,” he added.

Crèdit: Augustus Dodoo

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