Eunice Adepapo and Julian Aryee, 49kg and 68kg female and male senior athletes have promised to make history for Ghana after being scouted in a one day program which was staged by the Ghana Taekwondo Federation at the Korea Sports Complex on Saturday, December 22, 2018.
The duo, together with Mahamadou Niandou Tinni (58kg) and Peter Blessing (49kg) were among a total of four, selected by Italian based Charles Cromwell and Domenico Le’rario, will be sponsored to participate in International Championships, beginning with the 2019 Senior World Championships in Manchester.
Eunice, who was a student of the Accra Technical University and offered Science and Laboratory Technology as her course, won Gold at the 10th Korea Cup Taekwondo Championships on December 8, a feat she repeated following her success the previous year.
She started Taekwondo at age 8 and in an interview with Talksense Sports, expressed her gratitude to the Ghana Taekwondo Federation for such an initiative.
“I want to first of all thank God for everything. I feel favored for this opportunity given to us, because it has not being easy throughout the year, as we have been training for this program. I really thank the sponsors and the organizers. Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) has done really well and I am so much grateful to them. We promise not to put them to shame. We will train and lift the flag of Ghana high and make history. It has been our dream to win an Olympic Medal for Ghana and we are assuring them that we will do our best to get it so that, Ghana becomes part of the highly rated countries in Taekwondo”.
So far, Adepapo has participated in 7 international Championships since 2017 and has been adjudged the Most Valuable Player on two occasions after winning Gold medals. On the low, she has also won some Bronze medals.
Julian Aryee, who is coached by his dad, Mr. Philip Aryee also reiterated his desire and commitment to ensuring that they bring medals to their motherland took the opportunity to emphasize on the importance of properly crafted training.
“It is a good initiative which has offered us the opportunity to be selected and I am grateful to the GTF, Master Domenico and Cromwell. I would like to advise the other practitioners to be serious with their training and believe in themselves, be focused and for sure, they will find themselves at the apex of wherever they want to be”.
Aryee, a product of Sony Fitness and Taekwondo Club, who started practicing the sport at age two has won two silver medals.
Former Ghanaian athlete, Charles Cromwell and former Ghanaian Italian coach, Domenico have seen the need to support the GTF to in order to enable the Federation present “well-prepared” athletes at the International Championships.