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Taekwondo: Ghana’s Tokyo Olympic hopes dashed as Eunice Adedapo fails to qualify at Africa Championships

Ghana’s Eunice Omolara Adedapo could not qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as she lost the final berth to World ranked Number 11, Laraaj Nada of Morocco at the ongoing Africa Qualifiers in Rabat.

Eunice, 5th seed, was a win away after going past Gosaye Tsebaot of Ethiopia (4th seed) in the quarterfinal stage of the female -57Kg.

Hard working Eunice won the quarterfinal fight against Gosaye Tsebaot of Ethiopia 19-15, but could not march Laaraj Nada of Morocco in the Semis of the  female-57Kg Category.

She was defeated in the bronze fight by Nigerian Chinazum Nwosu (2nd seed) as Laaraj Nada and 3rd seed Tekiath Youssuf of Niger qualified to Tokyo.

Her colleague Emmanuel Kofi Turkson will battle Oumarou Saidou Namata of Niger in the quarter finals before facing either Seye Ibrahima of Senegal or Badawy Ahmed of Egypt in the Semis at Rabat today.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s two Para Athletes, Adizatu Shaban and Emmanuel Kofi Turkson will compete today.

The two becomes Ghana’s hopes for qualification to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Ghana’s Para Athlete Adizatu Shaban has been paired with Khalaf Shamal of Egypt in the Women -58Kg category for a straight Semi finals at Rabat today.

A win gets her a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

By Sammy Heywood Okine and Elizabeth Alhassan

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