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Track & Field News of Thursday, 2 January 2014

Source: Graphic Online

‘Use talents to further academic ambitions’

The president of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), Prof. Francis Dodoo, has urged all junior athletes to use their talents to further their academic ambitions in order to remain relevant to society in future.

Prof. Dodoo, while addressing the GAA Congress yesterday said, “I had a relatively long career competing till I was 40 years, but as an athlete, you can’t compete forever, so I always encourage our athletes to stay in school. This year, at least 11 of our juniors took the WASSCE exam and they all passed, thereby securing scholarships in five schools across the USA.

“Shadrach Adu Gyamfi, Lydia Quaye, Agnes Abu and Samson Azumah Larry will be attending Barton County College in Kansas, Daniel Gyasi, Mary Quayeson and Janet Amponsah will be going to West Texas College, Elizabeth Dadzie and Adelaide Nkrumah will be attending Central Iowa College, while Bless Dukpah and Emmanuel Dasor will be enrolling at Western Kentucky College.”

Despite grooming athletes he described as potential world-beaters, the former national athlete said 2013 had been an “educational and challenging year for the GAA”, but he commended private sponsors for coming to their aid by supporting athletics development.

“Organisations such as Nestle through its Kids Athletics programme and Promasidor through the Cowbell National Junior Athletics Championships are ensuring that the future of athletics in our country looks bright”.

The GAA boss also entreated athletes who would be competing in next year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland to give off their best in order to win laurels for the nation.

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