Joshua Nii Ayettey (left) and Michael Davidson won medals in Brussels
Joshua Nii Ayettey and Michael Davidson of the national taekwondo team returned home with two medals after competing in the international tournament in Brussels, Belgium on December 4.
Nii Ayettey won gold and Davidson came home with the silver despite an emergency entry for the competition.
The two signed up to compete in this year’s Austrian Open scheduled for November 28, but the championship was canceled after arriving in the country.
Disappointed but relentless, the two seized the opportunity to register for the international tournament in Brussels and moved to Italy to prepare under the guidance of Master Charles Cromwell, a Ghanaian coach based in Italy.
Master Cromwell coached Nii Ayettey and Davidson through tactical training and effective use of the digital scoring system in sparring, which helped the duo finish the competition with gold and silver medals.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the athletes expressed their gratitude to Master Cromwell for his help.
“It was a good learning process for us and we are grateful for the support we received throughout our stay in Europe,” said Nii Ayettey.
They have indicated that they are ready to take on any opponent on their journey to the 2023 African Games in Ghana and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The Secretary General of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF), Master Adnan Lamptey, vouched for the tenacity of the two athletes and called on sports authorities, organizations and individuals to sponsor them to participate in more international tournaments. .
“These are athletes who are ready to bring laurels to the country and I want to call on the authorities to come to their aid,” he said.