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Friday, 18 July 2014

Athletes who would be representing Ghana at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are peaking in form ahead of the sports festival, Joseph Yammin, former Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, has said.

The contingent, who would be joined by the shooting team later, is currently pitching camp in Ayrshire, south-west of Scotland, and would be there for three weeks.

Hon Yammin, now deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, is the chairman of the Commonwealth Committee, and he revealed in an interview that the team is peaking by the day, expressing the hope that they would do Ghana proud in the impending Games.

He mentioned that a contingent of 106 would be representing the nation in the 11-day sports fiesta, and battle for honours in 10 disciplines namely athletics, badminton, boxing, fencing, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting and disabled sport.

Team Ghana, until their departure for the Games, pitched camp at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium Hostel for close John Pantsil to two weeks.

Hon Yammin, in a farewell message at the camp in Accra, charged the team to strive for excellence. 'You are going as ambassadors of Ghana and therefore government and the people of Ghana expect that you make yourselves and the country proud.

'Nothing should make you feel inferior; you are just like your competitors. Remain focused, be determined and always have it at the back of your mind that you are representing Ghana. Go and succeed,' he added.

Seventy-one nations would battle for supremacy in 17 sports disciplines, and 261 medal events at 13 venues.

Clyde, the mascot for the Games, is a thistle named after the river which flows through the centre of Glasgow.

Celtic Park will host the opening ceremony, while Hampden Park takes care of the closing in the Games scheduled for July 23 to August 3. The city of Delhi, India, hosted the last edition four years ago.

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