Two Ghanaian athletes missing in Australia

Badminton Association president, Yeboah Evans(middle)

The president of the Badminton Association of Ghana has announced the disappearance of two Ghanaian athletes at the just-ended Commonwealth Games in Australia.

In a statement, Badminton Association president, Yeboah Evans, disclosed that “Stella Amassan and Gifty Mensah were declared missing a day after their competition.”

It has also been confirmed that Ghanaian weightlifter Ruth Baffoe also absconded from the CWG.

Below is the full statement:

Accra, April 22, 2018

To Our Badminton Community, Ghana Badminton Participation at the Commonwealth Games 2018

Our gallant team of eight elite athletes participated in Badminton events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia which took place between Thursday 5 April and Sunday 15 April at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

Badminton is one of ten core sports at the Commonwealth Games and has been continuously held at the Games since its first appearance at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ghana’s participation became the 4th after our maiden Manchester Commonwealth Games participation in 2002.

Our badminton programme in 2018 included men’s and women’s singles competitions; men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions alongside a mixed team event throughout the 11 days of competition.

Ghana Badminton results at the multi-sport Games gave the best in the individual events in Africa, and the best Commonwealth Games performance since Ghana begun participation in the Multi-Sports Games.

Our itinerant Coaching programme paid off, despite some technical shortfalls which if we had begun the programme quite early with the necessary resources the team could have reached podium pedestal.

Nonetheless, the standing ovation received by the 25,000 seated spectators each point in our matches was a rousing welcome for a better talent performance enhancement in the coming months for our dear sport.

Unfortunately, Stella Amassah and Gifty Mensah were declared missing a day after their competition.

We had activated and adhered to the necessary protocols and procedures of such situations and the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Australia Border Force, The National Security desk, Interpol, The Ghana High Commission, the Ghanaian Community in Australia, the BWF and the Sporting regulators from Ghana have been duly informed and enforcement action under such acts have already begun.

Ghana Badminton results at the multi-sport Games gave the best in the individual events in Africa, and the best Commonwealth Games performance since Ghana begun participation in the Multi-Sports Games.

Our itinerant Coaching programme paid off, despite some technical shortfalls which if we had begun the programme quite early with the necessary resources the team could have reached podium pedestal.

Nonetheless, the standing ovation received by the 25,000 seated spectators each point in our matches was a rousing welcome for a better talent performance enhancement in the coming months for our dear sport.

Unfortunately, Stella Amassah and Gifty Mensah were declared missing a day after their competition.

We had activated and adhered to the necessary protocols and procedures of such situations and the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Australia Border Force, The National Security desk, Interpol, The Ghana High Commission, the Ghanaian Community in Australia, the BWF and the Sporting regulators from Ghana have been duly informed and enforcement action under such acts have already begun.

We believe that development is central to the strategic intent we have set forth this year and we remain committed to the enhancement of our members in good standing.

Best sporting regard, President, Badminton Association of Ghana, Yeboah Evans, CGMA.

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