Ghanaian para-athletes set to compete at 2024 Marrakech World Para Athletics Grand Prix

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A five-member para-athletic team from Ghana has departed for the 2024 Marrakech World Para Athletics (WPA) Grand Prix competition in , slated for April 22-28. This tournament holds significant importance as it serves as a qualifier for the upcoming Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

The competition not only offers an opportunity for qualification but also facilitates the classification of the first Ghanaian para-athletes in disciplines such as shot put and standing javelin, among others.

Among the team members is 21-year-old Amos Ahiagah, a right-arm amputee, set to compete in multiple events including the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and men's long jump. Additionally, 19-year-old Diana Kuubetegr, also an arm amputee, will participate in the women's 800-meter and 1,500-meter events.

Experienced para-athlete Zinabu Issah will represent Ghana in women's sitting shot put, discus throw, and javelin events.

The team, while expressing their readiness for the competition, emphasized the need for corporate support to enable the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana (NPC) to attend other Paris 2024 Paralympic Games qualification events scheduled in , Switzerland, and .

Dr. Abena Tannor, supported by NPC Ghana, has qualified as a WPA international classifier and will play a crucial role in the classification process for para-athletes at the event.

The team's participation in the competition was made possible through the sponsorship of Mr. Samson Deen, President of the NPC of Ghana, with support from the Ministry of and the .

Ghana's para-athletes are poised to showcase their talent and determination on the international stage, aiming to secure qualification for the prestigious Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Their participation not only represents their individual aspirations but also embodies Ghana's commitment to inclusivity and excellence in sports.

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