GAA Circuits to commence Feb. 18

The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) will officially open its season, with the first leg of the National Circuit Championship at the Tamale Sports stadium on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Three other legs of the Circuit Championship will be hosted in Accra on March 18, Kumasi on April 15, with the final in Cape Coast on May 13.

The GAA’s Circuit will feature hundreds of male and female athletes who will be battling for glory in their respective events.

The athletes will be fighting for point rankings in the 15 events to be competed for, according to a member of the GAA’s communication team, Erasmus Kwaw.

In the men’s category, athletes will chase honours in 200m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin and Discus.

The women will compete in 100m, 100mH, 400m, 1500m, 10,000m, Long Jump and Shot put.

Athletes drawn from the 10 regions, Security Services, Ghana Education Service, and some tertiary institutions have registered to compete in the event.

The Circuit will also serve to provide opportunities for Ghana-based athletes to qualify for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London as the athletes will seek to meet the IAAFs entry requirements for London 2017.

At the inaugural event in 2014, which was sponsored by Sea & Shore Services (Gh) Company Limited and Interplast, athletes amassed points over the earlier competitions in Wa, Koforidua, Sekondi-Takoradi, with the final event at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi crowning the top athletes in each event for the season.

In 2015, the pre-final Circuit competitions were held in Sunyani, Akatsi, Accra and the grand finale organized in Tamale.

In 2016, the pre-final Circuit competitions were held in Bolgatanga, Koforidua, Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi, with the final event in Cape Coast, meaning that in its three-year existence the Circuit Championship has visited all regions in the country.

By Times Sports Reporter

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