For female boxer Fairuza Osmanu, being selected to represent Ghana at the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan is her motivation.
“I am charged to deliver and I am not going to disappoint my family, fans and friends. I told them I will make it to join the Black Bombers and now am there. The next target is to win at the African qualifier and go to Tokyo” she said.
According to Fairuza, she had a dream of being an icon and an inspiration to other lives, and she sees the reality coming.
“I want to prove a point that females can do sports and do it better. As a nation, Ghana has put all the investment in football, and its all about men’s football. We want a change for the better. We also need support from the government and the companies. As boxers, we even deserve better and more because boxing has awarded the nation more sporting laurels with 10 world champions and still counting” she expressed.
She will be representing at the 69kg weight category in female boxing. She wants to be the first Ghanaian female boxer to qualify to the Olympic Games.
Ghana would be represented by 10 boxers, made up of 8 males and 2 females in Dakar, Senegal for the qualifiers which comes on from February 20 to 29.
The Black Bombers team comprise – Sulamanu Tetteh (52kg), Samuel Takyi (57kg), Abdul Wahid (63kg), Jessie Lartey (69kg), Abubakar Quartey (75kg), Shakul Samed (81kg), David Bawa (91kg), Anani Kutsuke (91+kg), Ornella Sathoud (75kg), Fairuza Osman (69kg).
USA based Ornella Sathoud and Faruza Osman are the female boxers.
By Elizabeth Alhassan and Sammy Heywood Okine