Affual Basit from the Central Region won the male category of this year’s national cross-country competition which took place at Sehwi Wiaso in the Western North Region last Saturday.
He arrived on a finishing time of 29.44.14 in the 10km race that attracted 192 male and female participants.
John Kadam from the Ashanti Region placed second with a time of 30 minutes,15 seconds,48 milliseconds, while David Nakuosi, Upper West, who arrived in a of 30.20.09, came third.
In the women’s category, Belinda Segbobu of the Upper West recorded a time of 35 minutes, 11 seconds to place first before Sharifu Moro of the Ashanti came second with a time of 35 minutes and 46 seconds.
Rosina Tit of the Upper West Region placed third with a time of 36 minutes and 06 seconds.
The male and female winners were rewarded with GHc3000 each, while the first runner-ups got GHc 2000 each and second runner-ups received a GHc1OO0 each.
The Director of the National Sports Authority, Prof. Peter Twumasi, who shot the starting gun, stated that the competition can be used to raise long distance runners.
“When it comes to long distance running in Ghana, we really don’t put in much resources to harness their potentials. When we continue to do this, we can identify talents in Ghana to match their opponents at the international front. “We will mould and polish these talents for world competitions.
We are satisfied that these budding talents will have the resources to be ready for the world. There are scouts here and some of these athletes will be picked,” he stated.
He added that the government will continue to support talented athletes with policies such as the stimulus package that was made available to sportsmen and women in 2020 in order to alleviate the financial burden on them in this challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is worthy to note that opportunities exist for needy talented athletes to benefit from state sponsored scholarships so that at the end of the day, athletes could earn a meaningful livelihood after their active sporting life,” he added.
The event was attended by dignitaries which included Nana Yaw Kwarteng, Chief of Anwiam, who represented Katakyie Kwasi Bumagama II, the Omanhene of the Sehwi Wiaso
Traditional area, Mr Alex Tetteh, the Member of Parliament for the Sehwi Akontombra Constituency, Nana Elluo Kweku II, the Chief of Bopa, Lt. Col. Anthony Adu Hene (rtd.), among others.