By Gifty Arthur
Organizers of “Ghana’s Strongest”, a show for the fittest and fastest Ghanaian with well built muscles, another first by TV3, have refuted accusations that this year’s winner, a Kumasi-based Bouncer did not deserve the title.
Saani Mohammed (Commando), was crowned winner of the second edition of the show last Sunday at the “TV3 Strongest Park” in Accra, beating three other contenders, Kwame ‘Barak Obama’ Kwakye, Faisal Mohammed and Ebenezer Nii Armah in a keenly contest.
The twelve-week show, which is gradually becoming one of the most patronized sport reality show attracted hundreds of supporters both at the
venue and viewers.
Unfortunately, the show couldn’t end without controversy, as supporters of Barak Obama disputed the verdict of the two international judges, George Fausta Baffoe and Dan Budu.
They argued that their hero, a student from Kings University College, outperformed Mohammed Sanni in all the four rounds, which include, Car Pull, Tyre Flip, Block Placement and Meddling.
But in a sharp rebuttal, the two judges expressed grave surprise about the development saying, they did exactly what any international judge will do in the circumstance they found themselves, as according to them, they applied to the latter all the rules governing the game.
“It is very difficult to cheat in this power sport, because it’s all about time, time and time, so u can’t cheat anybody”, Dan Budu noted.
Buttressing their point judge Baffoe also explained that “Ghana Strongest” is all about “strength, stamina, endurance. You just don’t need a strong man when it comes to stationary exercise”.
The judges who showed the score list to the media said, indeed Obama was leading in the race, but was closely followed by Saani, who after the first three rounds, over took Obama by placing 1st as Obama relaxed his game, possibly because he thought he had already won and placed 4th in the final round which was the Meddling.
They conceded that even though they have done some education on the game, which is comparatively new, they will have to intensify it to educate both competitors, supporters and viewers, so that they would be abreast with the dynamic of the competition.
Saani, 22, a Kotokoli from the Volta Region for his prize took home GH¢10,000, a trophy, a belt plus souvenirs from sponsors, whiles Obama received GH¢6,000 plus souvenirs.
Last year’s winner Faisal Alhassan, who incidentally is from the same gym with Saani in Kumasi was third as he bagged home GH¢4,000, whiles the fourth prize went to Ebenezer Nii Armah ‘Murder’ who also competed in the first season received GH¢2,000 and souvenirs from sponsors.
Saani who said he had been looking forward to this competition thanked all his supporters and promised to put into good use the money.
Director, News, Current Affairs Mary-Ann Eyram Acolatse expressed excitement about the successful end of the show.
Present at the show was former world boxing champion Prof. Barima Azumah Nelson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Holy Trinity Spa and Health Pharm Dr Anyaah, President of Ghana Bodybuilding Fitness Association (GBFA) Mr Ayi Yartey, Chief Executive of Rite Multimedia, Yaw Sakyi Afari