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GHA | Feb 27, 2023

Asafa Powell bound for Ghana ahead of 10-day visit

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Retired Jamaican athlete Asafa Powell. Photo taken in December 2020. (Photo: Instagram @asafasub10king)

Prolific Jamaican sprint great Asafa Powell arrives in Ghana tonight (February 27) at the invitation of the African country’s Olympic Committee.

The former 100-metre world record holder will be in the West African country from February 27 to March 9. Powell’s visit was confirmed by Ben Nunoo Mensah, president of the Ghana Olympic Committee, who disclosed that the retired athlete will be involved in several charity and social engagements.

The Ghana Olympic Committee reports that the 40-year-old’s visit will help to strengthen Ghana-Jamaica relations. The visit will also see Powell hold various sports clinics and visit some senior and junior high schools as well as all sports facilities under construction for the next All African Games, slated to be hosted in Accra.

According to the Ghanaian Olympic Committee, “Asafa will pay a courtesy call on H.E. the President of the Republic at the Jubilee House and also engage the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ghana Olympic Committee, the LOC (Local Organizing Committee) of the African Games Accra 2023 as well as the Ghana Athletics Association on how best Ghana sports can benefit from his huge image on the international sports arena.”

Powell’s wife, Alysia, who is accompanying him on the trip was born in Ghana and grew up in Canada. The couple is also travelling with their two children will accompany

Powell set the 100-metre world record twice, between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds. He also developed the nickname ‘Sub-10 King’ during his sprint career for clocking the most 100-metre races under 10 seconds.


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