Ghana camps athletes ahead of major competitions

The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has set camping for 16 young athletes in preparation towards major competitions next year.

Bawa Fuseini, general secretary of the GAA told GNA Sports that prospects and seven officials will begin camping on November 1, at the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority hostel.

He mentioned Emmanuel Dasor, Mary Quayson, and Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi as among the selected athletes who have been on the GAA’s radar the last two years.

“The athletes were selected based on their performances over the last two years, with the list augmented by prospects from recent competitions.”

He said the programme which spans November1-December 22, is receiving funding from the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) through the annual grants from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for national associations.

This is the second time the GAA is organizing such camping following a successful spell in last year when junior and senior athletes camped for six months before local and international events.

Bawa said “a direct result of long camping was the qualification of 12 junior athletes, for the first time in the history of Ghana for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Barcelona where Janet Amponsah placed fifth.”

Ghana is expected to compete in a host of international competitions next year, including the African Youth Games and the World Junior Championship

Source: GNA

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