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Ghana program might assist water polo’s variety

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Again on the very starting, proper when a daring thought began swimming into actuality, Asante Prince acquired out a few water polo balls and caps in a entrance of a handful of curious youngsters in Ghana.’

Prince determined to attempt a scrimmage, however he had no nets. So that they put a soccer bench on all sides of the pool.

That was one of many first moments for Black Star Polo, an aquatics program for girls and boys in Ghana, a real ardour challenge for the energetic Prince, who went seeking a water polo that appeared extra like him and located a lot extra.

Egypt and South Africa are the one African international locations which have performed males’s water polo on the Olympics. South Africa turned the primary ladies’s crew from the continent to make it to the Video games when it completed tenth in Tokyo in 2021.

Past the relative absence of the game in Africa, water polo has wrestled with a scarcity of variety for many years. Even in its hottest areas, in California in america, and components of southern Europe, there are only a few minority gamers.

That is why Prince’s effort in Ghana, which had about 80 girls and boys available when it opened its new season this month in Accra, has attracted consideration in some outstanding corners of the game.

KAP7, an organization that sells swimsuits and different water polo gear, has shipped over targets and different gear. Former U.S. gamers Tony Azevedo and Genai Kerr even have donated gear, and former USA Water Polo high-performance director John Abdou did a Zoom coaching session for referees.