Maiden West Africa Triathlon competition for Ghana

Bawa Fuseini - GTF boss

Bawa Fuseini – GTF boss

GHANA is set to host the maiden West Africa Invitational Triathlon competition in Accra on November 10-11, 2018.

The event, expected to draw close to 200 participants from six West African nations including the host, Ghana, has gained the approval of the International Triathlon Federation (ITU) and the Africa Triathlon Federation (ATU).

And as a novelty, the organisers, Ghana Triathlon Federation (GTF) has introduced a similar event for kids and teens as they plan to extend the sport to all corners of the country.

In an interview, president of the GTF, Bawa Fuseini, said participants in the main event will engage in a Normal Standard Distance of swimming 750m, bike a distance of 20km and run a distance of 5km.

Alongside the main event will be the Legon Spring Series that will also see participants swim a distance of 600m, bike a distance of 20km and run a distance of 5km.

He explained that the two events would run alongside each other. Throwing light on the youth event, Mr Bawa pointed out that the kids event will attract young athletes within the age range of 8-12 years and will swim a distance of 200m, bike a distance of 2.5km and run a distance of one kilometre.

The teens’ event is open to teenagers of 13 to 16 years. They will swim a distance of 300m, bike for 5km and run for 2.5km.     According to Mr Bawa, the two day event will be preceded by a special workshop for triathlon officials and organisers.

The workshop will commence on Friday, Novermber 9 and aims at updating the knowledge of the officials and organisers on the fast growing sport.   He urged participants interested to log on to www.ghanatriathlon.org to register and indicate the particular event of choice.

Based on the success of the West Africa championship, Ghana, he said, will stand the chance of hosting the Africa championship. He explained that since that requires ministerial approval, the GTF was yet to officially inform the ATU of that plan.

The president of the GTF urged members of the public with interest in becoming an organiser or official of triathlon to contact the secretariat to be part of the workshop.   He said Ghana currently has few qualified personnel in that area, but expressed optimism the numbers will go up.

BY ANDREW NORTEY

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