Give Ghana gold - Lutterodt tells Professor Dodoo

BY: Kwame Larweh
Mr George Lutterodt

The former Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) chairman, George Lutterodt says he still stands by the comments he made weeks ago criticising the current leadership of the GAA for failing to win gold in any major competition after six years at the helm of affairs.

According to him, despite vitriolic attacks on his personality and the ugly noises coming from the fold of the GAA and one Madam Deborah Eleazar, a sponsor of the GAA, the fact still remains that all is not well with the sport in terms of management and leadership.

He told the Graphic Sports in an interview yesterday that if a so-called sponsor who is supposed to be a neutral arbiter in a dispute is being used to attack any form of constructive and genuine criticism of a national issue, then there is a problem.

He said Madam Eleazar failed to appreciate the problem bedeviling the sport and he never commented on athletes performance.

“What am talking about is the requisite leadership which can bring Ghana gold after six years, not the athletes' abilities and capacities, am not talking about the bronze medals and silver medals”, he stated.

Mr Lutterodt noted that a nation can win more medals in terms of silver and bronze but the country which wins gold is highly regarded and rated.

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He asserted that during his tenure he won more than three gold medals in the All Africa Games (AAG) with Ghanaian athletes under the same conditions in the country which the Professor Dodoo athletes always complain about, explaining that he has nothing personal against Professor Dodoo or his administration but was worried about the meek successes chalked up by Ghana Athletics in recent times.

Mr Lutterodt called for a concerted effort and a new look towards athletics in the country while all eschew bickering for the benefit of the sport.