ACCRA, July 22 (Xinhua) — Ghananian boxers Suleiman Tetteh, Shakul Samed, and Samuel Takyi, who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games, set their medal-winning ambitions on the right path, Communications Officer of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) Sammy Heywood Okine told Xinhua on Thursday.
“The boxers are excited as they believe it is a good omen in their quest to win medals for the country,” he said.
“With this, they just need to win their next two bouts to be in the medal zone” he added.
The draw brought some excitement among the boxers as they assured Ghanaians that they would work hard to go beyond the 1/16 stage.
The three boxers are chasing Ghana’s first Olympic Games medal in over 50 years after Prince Amartey won the country’s last medal in boxing at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Takyi said on Thursday that he is confident to bring a medal home in the 57kg category and will make a huge statement to the world in the coming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In a telephone interview with Xinhua, “The Golden Ring Warrior” said that he is ready to take up his first challenge at the Olympic Games on Saturday to begin the nation’s search for a medal at the global stage after many years.
“I am wild like an eagle, a lion, and a cobra. I know the Olympic Games is the biggest stage for every sportsman and I will make the world know that I am from Ghana and the best”, he stated.
The 20-year-old said that the Ghanaian boxing team, whose nickname is the “Black Bombers”, are motivated to make the nation proud.
“Each day my confidence and morale rises, but I remain focused on taking home a medal,” he added.