Ghana flagbearer out of Olympics with injury

Ghana boxer and flagbearer Maxwell Amponsah has withdrawn from

the Olympics after failing to recover from a broken jaw sustained

in a qualifying fight two months ago.

Ghana’s Olympic committee said Sunday its amateur boxing

federation has pulled the heavyweight out of the London Games

because the fracture from a bout in Morocco in May, which needed

surgery, hasn’t healed.

The committee says Amponsah could have ”potential major

complications if he re-fractures his jaw.”

Amponsah was initially cleared to go to the Olympics, but the

Ghana Amateur Boxing Association and team doctor have chosen to

”err on the side of caution and not jeopardize Maxwell’s boxing

career.”

Amponsah carried Ghana’s flag at Friday’s opening ceremony.