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Ghana’s Botsyo, Fordjour step up on Saturday at London Paralympics

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Two of Ghana’s medal hopefuls, Raphael Botyso Nkegbe and Anita Fordjour will be on the tracks on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, to commence their campaign for glory at the 14th Paralympic Games in London.

Nkegbe, will compete in the men’s 100 metres T54 category alongside 24  other athletes from other countries on Saturday,  at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

The event, will see three heats from which the best eight will make entry into the finals of the competition.

Nkegbe, who has since the 2007 All Africa Games not won any medal, hopes to use the Games as a turning point in his career.

He told the GNA Sports in an interview at the Games Village in Stratford, that he has been looking for an opportunity to correct his wrongs over the past years and the 2012 Paralympic Games presents him the perfect platform to realise his dreams.

“My qualification to the event was a moment of glory for me because, it was not easy making the time for this event. That is why I am going to use the opportunity to prove to all that, I am the best on the continent and one of the best in the world.

“I am motivated to deliver and I hope to make the desired impact on Saturday,” Nkegbe told the GNA Sports.

Fordjour, on the other hand, will commence her campaign on Sunday evening at the same venue in two categories;  women’s 100 and 200 metres.

The bronze medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2011 All Africa Games is looking forward to a very stiff competition in her category.

She has played down on assertions that, she is the nation’s medal hopeful but noted that, she will give off her best.

“I cannot promise anything but I know I stand a good chance of winning a medal if I put in an extra effort. I am placed among the best in my category and I expect to improve upon my time on Sunday to win a medal for the nation. I will be at my best on Sunday, because I have to make my nation proud.”

The two athletes have been touted as the nation’s best bets for medals at the Paralympic Games, which began yesterday in London.

Source: GNA

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