We'll keep cross country race on track
Accra, March 19, GNA - Prince Ernest Oduro-Mensah, Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Sports Council (NSC)
has assured the sporting public that the Council would do
its utmost best to sustain the Cross Country competition,
which had been in the doldrums for a number of years.
The Chief Executive Officer who was addressing the revived
Cross Country Race at Tamale on Saturday, March 17, said
that he would personally get involved in the organisation of
the competition so as to ensure its sustenance.
Prince Oduro-Mensah who said this in a statement issued from
the Public Relations Unit of the NSC copied to the GNA
Sports, added that the NSC would turn particular attention
to long distance runners by offering them the best of
training to put them in good shape for international
championships, alongside their short-distance counterparts.
He therefore appealed to corporate bodies and lovers of the
sport to come to aid of the Council to help develop and
promote sports in the country.
Prince Oduro-Mensah noted that a number of sports
championships would take place in Tamale, as part of the
Council’s quest to merge development and promotion of sports
in the country.
He expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the
revival of the Cross Country Championship this year.
About 160 athletes drawn from the ten regions and the
security agencies at the weekend participated in this year's
National Cross country Competition in Tamale with the Ghana
Armed Forces and the Central Region emerging as winners of
the men and women races.
The Central Region was adjudged the overall best team with
13 points followed by the Ghana Armed Forces with 21 points
with the Western Region placing third with 43 points.
The event which was organised by NSC forms part of
activities marking the 50th Independence Anniversary
Celebration as well as the resurrection of the event after
the last event hosted in Sekondi in 2001.
In the women's eight-kilometer race, Lance Corporal Esinam
Torgbaza of the Armed Forces from the Military Support
Service Unit, Accra won in a time of 30 minutes 26 seconds
and Esther Afadzie from the Central Region following at the
second position in a time of 30 minutes, 33 seconds, while
Lucy Baidoo from Western Region finished third in a time of
31 minutes, 34 seconds.
Laborun Daniel of the Ghana Armed Forces, Sixth Infantry
Battalion (6BN), Tamale finished the men's 12-kilometer race
in a time of 38 minutes, 48 seconds with his colleague Yin
Anthony coming second in a time of 39 minutes, four seconds
while William Akuka from the Northern Region came third in a
time of 40 minutes, 42 seconds.