Ghanaian para-athlete, Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe has secured his spot for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games after winning the T54 World Wheelchair 100m race in Arizona, USA at the Desert Challenge Games recently.
He excelled at the Desert Challenge Games by hitting the qualification time in 100m, with a time of 14:22sec.
Raphael’s win in the T54 World Wheelchair 100m race has given him an automatic qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
It also makes him the first Ghanaian para-athlete to qualify for the world championships.
T54 is a disability sport classification for differently abled athletics in the track and jump events. The class includes people with spinal cord injuries who compete using a wheelchair in track events. They have paraplegia but have normal hand and arm function, normal or limited trunk function, and no leg function.
Botsyo Nkegbe is currently number 6 in the world according to World Para Athletics Rankings 2019.
In an interview with kobbykyeinews.com, Botsyo urged the various sports authorities in Ghana to make sporting activities accessible to all.
He says, “…I will urge the P.E masters, the headmasters, and the various schools that they should make the environment friendly to all of us, access to the building, access to the playing ground…”
Raphael is also a coach advisor at Go Get Dem Wheelchair Racing Club.
Go Get Dem Wheelchair Racing Club is a group of dedicated individuals working to improve the lives of disabled persons, especially the disabled youth in rural areas using sports as a tool to create opportunities that will empower them to live fulfilling lives.