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MY GHANA, MY OLYMPICS !!

And there came the London 2012 Olympics. A dream that the Great Britain were anxiously waiting for. After a spectacular Opening ceremony, the games began in earnest. Old records were broken and new ones were set.

It was a period of our lives we will forever cherish. We as school children in Ghana always looked up to the vacation to be mesmerized by the dazzling performances by the athletes which invoked in us the desire to attain such greatness in our very own version of the Olympics in the play ground. My personal favorite was the gymnastics which we nicked name “acrobatics”.

As the Olympics ended a few days ago, I reminisce how we enjoyed and appreciated our version of the Olympics. The same way the world reveres the Olympics as a unifier, so did our version do. Socialization was at its peak, friendship and bonds were formed.

If the Olympics have disciplines on the tracks and fields like Javelin, Shot put, Archery and the likes, we can also boast of  ‘KOYONSOR ()). It is made from the famous Titus Sardine key opener which is folded with a feather from a chicken inserted at the tail end. Called it our version of the Dart or Archery.

We equally can boast of relay events that can match the Olympics boot for boot. Talk about Stay, Are you Ready, Yaasamebo, Julor K3 Police and many more of which you will not be disqualified after three (3) false starts.

As well as they can boast of the Lawn tennis event or discipline, we were innovative enough to create Headings or D3d Ball game which is less stressful, injury free but a good source of work-out exercise.

Let the world talk of swimming, scuba diving and all the water sports, we have the Golden Fish Fiesta. Here the winner is not determined by backstroking, free styling or even the famous butter flying  but any of the competitors is declared the champion if you are able to catch the ‘Golden Fish’ popularly known in our local setting as ‘Yaa Baaby’.

We also pride ourselves in a discipline which was and has always been a beauty to watch. It has exclusivity to the girls or women and it’s called AMPE. Well as we all recognize soccer as a male dominated discipline, so is AMPE to the women of Ghana. The idea of promoting this sport as an Olympic discipline, like Judo, never materialized and still very illusive to many. Well we don’t care, really because it remains exclusive to our version. Talk of a discipline that requires accuracy and precision comes our very own “Four Corners”. A game of football with four goal posts (small) in a square like shape. It’s a one touch kick to the opponent’s goal post. A total of four competitors at a time and when you concede a goal, you are eliminated for the entry of a new competitor. That’s our innovative side if you want to talk about football as we’ve done the tennis.

The Olympics has ended and has once again lived up to expectation and even though we cannot go back to the playground to relive those moments, I’m of the strong view that the Olympics should engulf some degree of African games otherwise what’s the point of Africans participating in it.

Story by:

Qwophi Opare : @qwophicedi on Twitter

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Photo: AdrenalinGh

Seth Laryea : @niiGamantselary on Twitter

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PIERSFRIMPONG !! THE BATTLE OF WORDS

I found myself relaxing behind my computerr and decided to do some social networking, so i decided to log unto Twitter.

I happen to follow these two personalities Piers Morgan and Ghana’s prodigy Emmanuel Frimpong. The common factor here between  these two personalites is Arsenal Football Club. Whiles one is an ardent fan, the other is a lover  and player of this club.

I am sure you will be wondering why all these comments in relation to the title but for the reasons, i will outline them in a few lines.

It all begun with these statements posted by Piers Morgan and from nowhere Emmanuel Frimpong had to reply him. Seems those comments angered the young man.

These are the tweets that sparked the whole give and take between Piers and Emmanuel

As for #Arsenal ‘s latest debacle – I said Martin O’Neill could replace Wenger months ago, and got ridiculed for it. Who’s laughing now?

The ‘Wenger must have job for life’ brigade are looking more ruinous to #Arsenal ‘s future by the day. Wake up, before it’s too late.

I respect Wenger’s record for us as much as anyone. But he’s run out of ideas, and we’ve run out of trophies. Time for change. #Arsenal

New manager now can give the team the kick up the a** it needs, get 4th place, keep @Persie_Official and rebuild for the future. #Arsenal

Who could replace Wenger? Mourinho, Guardiola, O’Neill, Redknapp. There’s 4 for starters.

Let me spell it out for the few blinkered #Arsenal fans still giving me grief: without @Persie_Official ‘s goals, we’d be 15th in the Prem.

And if we don’t qualify for CL, as seems likely right now, then@Persie_Official will leave. Fact. And then what? #Arsenal

Better Wenger leaves now, while we all still love and respect him, than watch this horrible deterioration get worse and worse. #Arsenal

From these comments Emmanuel Frimpong then begun to rage his anger and in no formular just follow how the battle ensued between these two.

Here are the post over the period by Emmanuel frimpong in response to Piers’ comments;

@piersmorgan Stop chatting soo much rubbish you. UNO nothing about football u sit behind ur laptop nd just talk utter rubbish

@piersmorgan just don’t bring ur ugly face to the emirates cus we as Arsenal are sick and tired of ur abuse towards players and coach

@piersmorgan we don’t need ur support u better of reading script leave the football to ppl that no about it. Wasteman

@piersmorgan it still amazes me u call urself a fan? A fan don’t doesn’t do the things u do.the fans are the ppl that travels thousands of

@piersmorgan miles every weekend to support their team fans are the 60,000 people we have every sat fans don’t turn their back on their team

@piersmorgan so yes piers you ain’t a fan u just some big old school bully that has too much time on twitter now u go bed wake up early 2 read

@piersmorgan Loyal?? Well in football you have bad and good times the LOYAL fans are the one that remember the Good times And wait for More.

@piersmorgan when was your last game at the emirates? Instead of the Internet. What have u ever done for Arsenal in 42 years? Nothing

@piersmorgan ur entitled opinion of course u r but there are ways of doing it and telling your 2million followers rubbish we don’t need ain’t class

And looking at how Piers is and his personality, his comments in response to Emmanuel are as follows;

@Frimpong26AFC Oh really, Mr Frimpon? Well truth hurts, sunshine. And I’m not afraid to tell it. (you can’t even get in THIS #Arsenal team)

@Frimpong26AFC pipe down Junior, and go to bed. I’ve been following #Arsenal for 42 years – twice as long than you’ve been born.

@Frimpong26AFC Big words, big guy. I suggest you focus on improving your game – rather than abusing loyal fans. Most of whom agree with me.

I actually like @Frimpong26AFC and his passion – but his youthful arrogance and complacency sums up #Arsenal ‘s malaise.

@Frimpong26AFC I’ve followed #Arsenal for 42yrs and own 4 season tickets. That entitles me to an opinion. Which is: we need a new manager.

@Frimpong26AFC you’re so loyal to #Arsenal you went to Wolves. So put a DEEENNCH in it and stop pandering to the blinkered minority.

@Frimpong26AFC I’ve supported them. Nothing more, nothing less. And I want us to be competitive again, not perennial losers. #Arsenal

@Frimpong26AFC you started this by abusing a die hard fan who cares about his team. That demeans you Emmanuel, and I thought better of you.

@Frimpong26AFC I genuinely believe it’s time Arsene moved on, and we had fresh blood as manager. I am not alone. #Arsenal

Well i find it interesting and not really obliged to render a conclusion on this because i think after reading, whatever comment or meanings, as well as observation, depends on yourself.

Happy Leap Day/Year ..!!

 

 

 

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WHERE IT ALL STARTS ; THE DREAM !!!

On a fine Saturday, i decided to talk a stroll of which place i was going to not known. I then  dressed up and called a friend and decided to just hit town. We met at a central location and then decided to hit one of the Traditional Suburbs of the capital Accra, Ghana.

We enjoyed our outlined walks through  the township, meeting and talking to young people, children alike. Though our appearance drew a few attention, people around saw it as normal and went ahead in their normal duties and livelihood.

As we continued in our quest to explore the township, we took a turn and there we were in a surburb called Jamestown. Aside this area known for its good dancing skills, they were also blessed with a few national soccer stars.

Little did we know that, Jamestown was endowed with the talent of boxing. As we took a few steps, there we saw a large gathering of people. So we decided to approach and there we were, An improvised boxing ring created in a circle form by both passer bys and onlookers.

It was a boxing torunament for children. My reaason for this is that, at that young and tender age a dream is born and children at say age two are given the very basic lessons and rudements of the sport.

The child is taught how to jab, hit a knock out blow, block and how to move step which all forms part of the basic things one needs to be better developed in the sport of boxing. So i asked who organised this and how often, i was shown the organiser of whom was also a young man and he told me this is where it all begins. I asked him again, why such young kids, he told me these are children who are convinced to be world champions of the sport when they are grown.

He gave me example of names that had begun like this and later became world champions and household names of the sport. Names like Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Alfred Kotey and many more that had to do street boxing battles.

All he told me in summary was, this is where the dream all starts.

For my observation, talent abounds in this great nation of ours and if the required stakeholders will go way down to the grassroots level and improve the basic facilities needed, wee should be counting more and more world champions in the near future.

 

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Nii Armah

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HAIL THE NEW US OPEN 2011 QUEEN !!

“To go out and play the way I did is an unbelievable feeling,” Stosur said.

In a gutsy and powerful performance in Ashe Stadium, Stosur overwhelmed Williams with her serve and forehand from the outset of the match, and even after the contest briefly fell into the chaos early in the second set when Serena was hotly arguing with the chair umpire, the 27-year-old Aussie managed to recompose herself and stick with her game plan.

In one of the most stunning upsets in US Open history, Australian Samantha Stosur shocked 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-3, to win her first major title.

Somewhat amazingly after a spotty year, Stosur found herself at this US Open and finally brought to the forefront two areas that she has been diligently working to improve: her backhand and her volley. While she didn’t manage to nail a backhand winner against Serena, she mixed up the strokes, kept it deep with her two-hander and low with her slice. She didn’t charge the net a ton but did convert seven of her 11 approaches.

Williams had not lost a set coming into the final, taking out the likes of No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, up-and-comer Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She had not lost a match in the summer hard-court season, winning Stanford and Toronto and winning the most points during the Olympus US Open Series.

But unlike some of the younger players Serena faced in Flushing Meadows, 2010 Roland Garros finalist Stosur did not get nervous and began to execute from the moment she stepped on court.

Serena had trouble handling her kick and slice serves and could not contend with the Aussie’s hard forehand, which she hit to every angle of the court. Stosur also jumped on Serena’s second serves, the only player able to do so during the event, and Williams was only able to win 33 percent of her second-serve points.

She broke Serena to 2-1 in the first set when the American erred on a backhand and broke her again to 5-2 when Williams missed another backhand. Stosur then won the first set by stinging a forehand down-the-line winner.

The match spun about out of control at the start of the second set, when on break point, Serena screamed right after she hit a forehand down the line and before Stosur was able to get her racket on the ball. Chair umpire Eva Asderaki then awarded the point to Stosur, stating that Grand Slam rules dictated that decision. Serena badly lost her temper and eventually received a code violation.

However, Serena seemed to gain momentum from the incident and broke Stosur back to 1-1 with a whizzing backhand down the line. She held two break points on Stosur’s serve at 2-1, but the Aussie responded with an ace and then forced her into a backhand error and eventually held.

Stosur’s confidence was then clearly back, and she broke Williams to 4-3 after Serena committed another backhand error. The Australian held to 5-3 with a cracking forehand winner and then broke Williams to win the match when Serena erred on a forehand.

Williams ended the match with 19 winners and 25 unforced errors, while Stosur clocked 20 winners — 12 off her forehand side — and committed only 12 unforced errors. The least said about Serena’s comments to the Chair Umpire the better because i believe that caused her focus on the game.

After Serena’s final groundstroke flew wide, the quiet Stosur then smiled in joy and knelt to the ground, as she became the first Australian woman to win a major since Evonne Goolagong at 1980 Wimbledon.

Credit : US Open, SuperSports and Tabloids

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