Ghana athletics going down the hill- Ex-national champ laments

DANFormer 400m national champion, Daniel Adomako, has decried the state of Ghana athletics, calling for pragmatic steps to revive the sport.

“For now, athletics is dying steadily and until the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) gets down to brass tack, the situation will get out of hand,” he said.

According to Adomako, who was speaking to the Times Sports in Accra at the weekend, a number of budding athletes are speedily losing the zeal to train “because they say there are no competitions to engage them.”

“For the entire year, we have just about one or two events and these are woefully inadequate if we really want to develop our athletes to the top-notch level we want them to get to.

“What’s the use when athletes train all year and have no competitions to take part in?,” he quizzed.

He says the situation is even made worse when these burgeoning athletes decide to hang their spikes prematurely just after getting some job to do.

“This is usually what happens when athletes become frustrated and decide to look elsewhere.”

Adomako, who is now the Athletics Coach for the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), said there are hardly any big names in the country or abroad at the moment that the country can rely on during international meets “and that should be a source of worry to all of us.”

He, however, charged athletes to remain steadfast and whole-heartedly committed to their chosen career, adding “you must be ready to sacrifice a lot in order to get to the very top.”

The former record holder called on corporate Ghana and philanthropists to support athletics in a bid to reverse it to its halcyon era of the 60s, 70s, 90s and early 2000.

“Luckily for us, we have an embarrassing array of talents around, but getting them to hit the peak remains the challenge,” he added.

Adomako set a national record at the West Africa Athletics Championship in Benin in 1997, running an imposing time of 46.81secs. He was national champion from 1997 to 2000 and had to retire prematurely to injury.

The GIS coach has also participated in a couple of high-profile events including the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and the Algeria African Championships in 1998, among many others.

 

By John Vigah

 

 

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