Ghana‘s promising sprinter, Benjamin Kwaku Azamati, believes his recent exploits is due to the solid foundation he had from his trainer in the early years of his career.
Azamati revealed that he drew a lot of inspiration from his coach, Elorm Amenakpor as his instructions had greatly influenced the success of his career so far.
Starting as an underdog, he was not deterred by the challenges that came with combining classroom assignments with training but was motivated to reach the top.
Even though sometimes his colleagues were having discussions regarding their academic work, he was on the field training.
Azamati, a gold-winning athlete at the last African Games and a student of the University of Ghana, however, said a balance between academics and sports was on course with a well-structured plan to help him better his career in both fields so they do not conflict each other in the future.
The rising star was part of Ghana’s 4x100 relay team that won gold at the Africa Games in Morocco in 2019, leading to his being awarded as the Exceptional Student Athlete of the Year at the just-ended Ghana Sports Excellence Awards Night held last Thursday in Accra.
He also won the 100m of the Ghana’s Fastest Human championship, Legon Inter-Hall Games and the West Africa University Games final in Port Harcourt last year. He was also part of Ghana’s contingent which participated at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports, the sprinter said the award he received had put a lot of pressure on him to perform better than he did in the past.
According to the Marine Science student, his aim is to train hard so he could achieve more laurels in future. He also urged young athletes in the country to train harder to better their chances of making it into the national team.
He is a key member of the University of Ghana athletics team at the ongoing Ghana Universities Sports (GUSA) Games at Legon.
Meanwhile, the coach of Azamati, Elorm Amenakpor, believes the new award would go a long way to motivate his ward and the other athletes to improve upon their performances in future meets.