GAA calls for gov’t intervention ahead of Cote d'Ivoire championships

The Ghana Athletes Association (GAA) has begun preparations towards African Athletics U-18 (Youth) and U-20 (Junior) championships in Cote d’lvoire. All roads lead to Tamale as eight regions compete for qualification. Greater Accra and Western regions are excluded. With less than four months to the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) championships in Cote d’lvoire, Ghana-based athletes are set to continue their quest to qualify for the competition at the national trials scheduled for the Tamale Sports Stadium on Saturday, March 30. The trials will also serve to provide opportunities for Ghana-based athletes to qualify for the All African Games in Morocco and the world championships in Japan. Secretary General of the Association Bawah Fuseini says the national trials are a preparation ground for athletes to set the ball rolling amid several court actions against the Association. “It is called national trials because we are going to select youth team to represent Ghana. So whoever performs well is going to be selected and is not just going to be just winning but with a good time.” Athletes drawn from the ten regions, Security Services, Ghana Education Service, and some tertiary institutions have registered to compete in the event. Bawah Fuseini noted that, it will be imperative for government to take a look at the track and field event stars that have the hope of winning medals for the country. “I always say, when it comes to big tournaments like the world champions, the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and others, the resources needed is huge and it needs state intervention. “We on our own as association can get the athletes qualify but how do we prepare those athletes, aid those athletes to be able to mount the podium and that is where the state needs to come in.”

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By Daniel Yeboah||Ghana]]>