The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has hinted that Ghana has shown some level of interest in signing the new conventions to introduce Kids’ Athletics in national educational programmes.
Ghana is among other countries such as Bolivia, Lebanon and Kenya to show such an interest.
“New conventions to introduce Kids’ Athletics in national educational programmes have recently been signed with Tahiti and Saudi Arabia, with other countries like Ghana, Bolivia, Lebanon and Kenya now interested in signing agreements with ministries of education”, IAAF said on April 11, 2011 in a statement published on its website after its Council began a two-day meeting in Daegu, Korea.
If Ghana signs the new convention, it will receive some “kid’s equipment kits” from the IAAF and also adopt it as a national educational programme.
“The spirit and simplicity of the IAAF Kids’ Athletics Programme has made it very popular as a way of introducing youngsters aged 6-12 years to athletics in a team based environment which allows them to have fun but also learn the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing, using special “Kids Athletics kits of equipment”, the IAAF said.
The programme is already ongoing in Uganda, Singapore, Belarus, Nigeria and Tanzania.
The IAAF also says it will hold both the IAAF World Championships and 48th IAAF Congress in Korea from August 24 until September 4, 2011.
By Ekow Quandzie