Wheelchair Basketball Team Captain Botsyo Nkegbe

The road is not clear for Ghana to participate in Wheelchair Basketball in the upcoming Para Games to be held in South Africa according to Ghana Wheelchair Basketball Captain Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe.

He made this statement in an exclusive interview with Basketballghana.com at the Accra Sports Stadium where the veteran para athlete is training.

Nkegbe became Ghana’s first athlete to qualify to the Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo later this year and is training for the competition; he is slated to compete in the wheelchair sprint event.

However, Nkegbe is less optimistic about Ghana’s chances of competing at the African Para Games which runs from March 1-8 in South Africa.

“The preparation for the players side are still going on but I can say that the road is not clear for Ghana for us to participate the reason being Ghana still has to pay that debt that we owe…and get money for preparation” he stated.

Ghana owes the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation an approximate sum of $15,000 as punishment for failing to compete in South Africa for a place in the World Championship in Germany two years. The team needed $70,000 to make the trip.

Nkegbe trains on a stationary racing chair

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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