WAPOGA games opens on Saturday

All is set for the opening of the third edition of the West African Polytechnic games by President John Mahama at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

The games to be hosted by Accra Polytechnic, would see the participating polytechnics compete for laurels in athletics, football, basketball, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball among other games.

Speaking at a media briefing in Accra on Friday, Professor Sylvester Achio, President of the West Africa Polytechnic Games Association (WAPOGA) and Rector of Accra Polytechnic, said chief executives of the polytechnics and colleges have arrived in Ghana for the opening ceremony.

He said 41 polytechnics had arrived for the tournament from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali with some expected to join soon from Benin and The Gambia.

He commended the WAPOGA Secretary General for moving his office to Accra Polytechnic to ensure that all was done to ensure the success of the games

Prof Achio said the determination of the participating countries and the WAPOGA secretariat had ensured that the third edition, initially set for July 2012 but postponed due to “financial and logistical challenges”, would now take off.

He expressed gratitude to government and other sponsors of the games and appealed to corporate Ghana to support the games as a channel for fostering unity and unearthing potential.

“For the next 10 days WAPOGA will bring West Africa together to speak with one voice and will set the stage for unearthing talents for the global stage. We will display teamwork in diversity, dignity and generosity in victory and in defeat; values we learn about only in sports.”

The WAPOGA games was established in October 2000 during a summit at the Yaba College of Technology in Nigeria.

Two editions have been held since: the first in March 2007, hosted by Nigeria at the Yaba College of Technology and the second in September 2008 at the Institute Nationale Polytechnique – Houphouët Boigny in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire. GNA

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