A few months ago, Ghanaians were celebrating and appealing for funds to make the Olympic dreams of Ghana’s fastest female swimmer, Ophelia Swayne a reality. But based a tweet from the youngster, it appears the dream is over, as the president of the Ghana Swimming Association, Theophilus Wison Edzie, has revealed that Spain-based swimming sensation, Kaya Forson, and Abeiku Jackson will be the only two representatives for Ghana at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Ophelia said in a tweet, “Guys don’t bother rooting for me, I’ll not be going for the Olympics” and shared a clipping from the Daily Graphic bearing the news from the Ghana Swimming Association.
Guys don’t bother rooting for me, I’ll not be going for the Olympics 😊 pic.twitter.com/mEUGLEpIMe
— skrr (@OpheliaSwayne) July 5, 2016
She also accused the Ghana Swimming Association of taking bribes from Kaya Forson’s father to ensure that Kaya was picked in lieu of her.
Kaya, who is resident in the Spanish city of Malaga, is currently processing her Ghanaian passport for accreditation for the Rio Games, according to Mr Edzie. The 14-year-old swimmer holds the Ghana national record of 31.5 seconds in the 50-metre freestyle and 1.04.52 minutes in the 100m freestyle event. She also performs the 200m freestyle.
Her father, Mr Andrew Forson told the Daily Graphic he was worried over possibility of Kaya missing the Olympics if the issue of accreditation by the GOC and the Ghana Swimming Association were not taken seriously.
He said: “Even though we have presented proof of citizenship and two valid passport travel documents, Kaya will not be permitted to compete for Ghana unless she submits a valid Ghanaian passport as her travel document for accreditation purposes.”
EnterGhana.com | Credit: Ameyawdebrah.com | Ghana’s Swimming Association drops Ophelia Swayne for Kaya Forson for Rio Olympics