University of Ghana Sprint Coach, Elorm Amenakpor, has called on government and other stakeholders to invest in young athletes to replicate the achievement of Benjamin Azamati and beyond.
Benjamin Azamati, a former student of UG broke the 22-year old national 100m record in the United States of America during the Texas Relay with a time of 9.97 seconds (1.5 m/s) and booked a ticket to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
Azamati’s trainer is optimistic that there are numerous young duplicates of him but finds their development, problematic.
He believes lack of competitions and age categories for young athletes are hindering the development of young athletes in the country.
“Definitely we have a lot of talents here in Ghana, who can run like Azamati but not like him but they are going to be unique in their own way. I have a problem when it comes to sports development in Ghana.
“We usually wait for the athletes to come up before talking about them. What goes into athlete development? We don’t do it. I think we should invest in kid athletes,” he said.
“Let’s invest and wait for the next 5 years and harvest. Many times you see a lot of kids as young as 12 years running with seniors. Apart from Ghana’s fastest athletes that have age categories they run, there is no other category that they have age categories that they run.”
The 2020 Ho Sports Personality is also of the view that Ghana can win more medals in athletics in the Olympic games if there is enough investment in University sports.
“Most of the Universities have the facilities so we should invest in that regard so that you don’t just go to Olympic games just to go and run and come empty-handed.
“Government stakeholders should invest more into athletics,” he added.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com