Ghanaian middle distance athlete Martha Bissah has made a passionate appeal to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, and the president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to help overturn a ban placed on him by the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) which has prevented her for competing for the country since 2015.
Former chief athletics coach, Albert Nukpeza, has stressed the need for the nation to double up her efforts in grooming talents to compete for laurels at the 2023 African Games or forget about winning medals.
When Lawyer Prosper Addo was appointed recently as our GFA General Secretary we saw him as a Round Peg in a Round Hole. And last month, Mr Alex Kotey was appointed as the FA’s new Referees Manager. He cannot but be described as another Round Peg. Meaning that he is very suitable and qualified for the position. His duties are rather many.
Two young athletes of Ghanaian parentage based in the United States of America (USA), Roland and Remy Amarteifio have taken a bold step towards being part of Ghana’s plans for the next Olympic Games to be hosted by Japan in the year 2020.
Miss Farida Ayishatu Iddrissu, Treasurer of the Ghana Swimming Federation (GSF) was last Sunday voted as an Executive member onto the Confederation of African Nations Amateur (CANA) Zone 2 Executive Board which consists of 22 West and Central African countries.
The unsettled fight for the leadership of the Greater Accra Regional Taekwondo Association is threatening to undermine the ongoing National Sports Festival in Kumasi, with the Regional Member Associations (RMA)’s of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) threatening to boycott the August 31-September 7 competition in Kumasi, should the National Sports Authority (NSA) allow “unqualified athletes” to take part in the taekwondo competition.
The RMAs, which form the regional arms of the national federation, say they would not recognise a group of unqualified athletes brought to Kumasi by Mr Norbert Amefu, a rival claimant to the leadership of the Greater Accra Regional Association leadership.
Former Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) chief, George Haldane-Lutterodt, says he fears for the future of athletics after a fourth unsuccessful attempt by the nation’s athletes to qualify to the final of any athletics event at the ongoing World Athletics Championships.
Mr Lutterodt has, therefore called for a Presidential intervention to save the sport from total collapse after another poor show at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in London.
Samuel Asare of Prempeh College won the 100 metres race in a time of 10.78 sec. during the 2017 Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) Ghana’s Fastest Human Contest held at the University of Ghana Legon Athletics Stadium.
US-based Ghanaian athlete, Nadia Chika Eke, has made a passionate appeal to corporate bodies, institutions, philanthropists and individuals to support her financially to enable her prepare adequately to participate in international athletic competitions, particularly, next month’s Athletics World Championship in London.
There was a major upset in Kumasi last Saturday as a student of the University of Ghana, Desmond Aryee, beat home favourite Charles Okyere to win the men’s 100m race in the Ashanti zone of the GNPC Ghana Fastest Human in a time 10.41 sec.
Okyere, the Ashanti Region-based sprinter who was highly tipped by the local fans to carry the day, crossed the finish line 0.09 seconds later much to the dismay of the fans.
The nationwide hunt for talented sprinters hits the Garden City on Saturday with young athletes from the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions set to participate in the third leg of the GNPC Ghana’s Fastest Human competition.
More than 5,000 participants are expected to converge on the Paa Joe Park at KNUST in Kumasi to compete in an open 100-metre sprints challenge for places in the grand finale where they will be joined by winners from the Central and Northern zones.
Following another successful Circuit season which saw the cream of the nation’s best locally based athletes compete at Tamale, Accra and Kumasi, the Ghana Athletics Association will hold the Grand Finale of the 2017 GAA Circuit Championships at the Cape Coast stadium tomorrow.
The three legs of the Circuit Championship were earlier organised in Tamale on February 18, Accra on March 18 and Kumasi on April 15.
Rio 2016 Olympic champions Thomas Rohler of Germany and Caterine Ibargüen of Colombia and 2012 Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie of France head the entry lists for the 55th Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku on June 13, part of the IAAF World Challenge series for the first time.
Rohler returns to the stadium where he reached 90 metres for the first time (twice) last season. His 91.28m throw remained the world-leading mark through the end of the season. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old German has already set a 93.90m national record and world lead at the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha in May.