The Project leader of Ghana’s Fastest Human (GFH) competition, Mr David Amofah has stated that the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) through the GFH hopes to support athletics to grow stronger in the country.
Mr Amofah said this during the GFH competition held at the University of Ghana Sports Complex in Accra.
The annual event saw athletes from the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern Regions competing.
Mr Amofah told the GNA Sports that the main aim of the annual event was to scout 100 metres athletes from the grassroots level.
“It’s been good events at Tamale, Takoradi and Kumasi and we have seen improvements in the athletes. The main aim for GNPC sponsoring this event is to support athletics in Ghana, especially the 100metre event.
“We realized that our strength in athletics is in the 100metres as our history shows. Ghana had done well in the past but in recent times we have seen a decline. So we want to support athletics from the grassroots and as you can see, we are doing the under 10, under 15 and under 18 competitions.”
He said he is hopeful that very soon Ghana would have very strong athletes to compete at the international level.
The Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta event saw Dennis Aggrey winning the Under 10 male category with Dennis Appiah and Nathaniel Duodu taking the second and third places respectively.
In the female category, Charity Dadzie took first position, with Winifred Asamoah and Rodha Boye taking the second and third places respectively.
The under 15 category saw Gifty Oku defending her title with a win over Esther Okulu and Issaka Shambiat, who placed placed 2nd and 3rd.
In the male’s category, Oscar Ntim placed 1st with Silvester Doe and Michael Denkye taking 2nd and 3rd positions.
In the girls under 18, Mary Boakye took the first position with Comfort Tetteh and Forgive Fiase placing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The male category also saw defending champion Samuel Asare maintaining the 1st position whilst Charles Bilson and Charles Korsah placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The senior event witnessed a “Clash of the Titans” with Sandra Kunadu of the University of Ghana stealing the 1st spot from Marian Pumah and Elizabeth Tuffuor in the women category.
The men’s category saw the national champion, Emmanuel Yeboah of the University of Cape Coast winning from Shadrach Opoku and Desmond Ayi.
The grand finale, which is scheduled for September 6, will see all the champions from the various regions and divisions competing.
The occasion would also see the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu in attendance.