Ghana has won two gold medals, two silver medals and two 4th placed medals in the the Arnold Classic championship.
The programme is organised worldwide on each continent to celebrate bodybuilding great Arnold Schwarzenegger each year.
James Atsu and Michael Otu who were registered in the 80kg placed 2nd and 4th respectively. In 90kg, Godwin Frimpong, Evans Amwagsi and Abraham Mawutor placed 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively.
In the men’s Bodybuilding Up To 100kg, Joseph Ofolikwei placed 1st. Both Arnold Aryee (masters) and Celestine Dogbeda (female Bikini) who were competing internationally for the first time couldn’t make it to the top 6 in their respective categories.
The president of the GBFA said “Ghana always perform very well, flying high the flag of Ghana anytime we travel out to represent the country in international events and Ghana bodybuilding is now given the needed respect when it comes to competing internationally.
We’ve done some good job with bodybuilding in this country over the years with our own fundings and I think it’s high time the authorities above give bodybuilding the needed financial support to continue the development of the sport in Ghana”
“Going to South African as Usual, athletes and executives needed to raise their own funding to make the trip possible, which have continued for far too long and I believe it’s high time we change things”
Yartey said, “bodybuilding is the backbone of most sporting disciplines because most sports athletes go into the gym to develop their muscles and it is these same bodybuilders who are instructors who train these athletes and people of all works of life in Ghana to let them stay fit and healthy”.
“Next year will be a busy year for bodybuilding in Ghana and bodybuilding seriously need the support of the NSA and the Sports ministry.”