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ATHLETICS: Bawumia launches 2019 GNPC Fastest Human

By Vincent Ashitey
ATHLETICS: Bawumia launches 2019 GNPC Fastest Human
ATHLETICS: Bawumia launches 2019 GNPC Fastest Human

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the 2019 GNPC Ghana's Fastest Human at a ceremony held at the Accra Sports Stadium.

GNPC Ghana's Fastest Human is an annual sprint competition targeted at unearthing sprint kings and queens to represent Ghana at the Olympic games.

The 6th edition of the program attracted lots of personalities like the Vice president of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who was the special guest, Dr Kk Sarpong, from GNPC, the Minister of Youth and Sports Kwame Iaasc Asiamah, Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante, NSA director, Prof. Peter Twumasi among other personalities were present for the ceremony.

In his speech at the ceremony, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia recalled the good old days when Ghana had athletes competing at the World stage with the very best.

"We will recall the days when the Olympic games spring finals line up will not be complete without a Ghanaian among the eight fastest humans on earth."

"We still harbour fond memories of the exploits of athletics greats like Alice Anum, Hannah Afriyie, Mike Ahey, Ohene Karikari, Stanley Allotey, Oko Addy, Joshua Owusu, Emmanuel Koorah Tuffour and many more.These were household names all over African and the entire Commonwealth."

According to Bawumia, the nation can recollect the lost glory if things are put in order.

"Ghana can do better when we establish high-performance training facilities for Sprint and jumping in athletic and this is why the government is very much interested in Ghana's Fastest Human program which aids at restoring Ghana to her rightful place in athletics."

"I was informed that the aim of Ghana's Fastest Human is to win gold medals at Tokyo Olympic games 2020 which will map the 7 years of the project. After the 7 years, of such program. We expect the setting level of output and we will need expert evaluation to determine whether the 7 years Ghana's Fastest Human project of the Financial support of GNPC and other sponsors have yielded the desired result."

He added the athletes should do more for the country by winning laurels to put the nation on the world map.

"Participating to win must be our focus and not just proud ourselves as having qualified to participate in an international competition. Ghana has won the bid to host and organizing the 13th All Africa game in 2023 games, we need to prepare well a formidable team that can bring glory and honour to the nation."

"In this era, where national anthems are played and athletes compete in their national colours and national medals table are prepared to rank countries, Ghana cannot continues to participate in international games for the sake of participating."

''Ghana presence must be felt at the international games to show our solidarity to the growth and development of global sports."

GNPC has been sponsoring Ghana’s Fastest Human event for the past 2 years.

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