Bodybuilding of Friday, 23 October 2009
Source: Irene Yeboah-Asiamah
It was 90 minutes and the Ghana Black Satellites had still not won the finals of the FIFA under 20 world cup. The launch of the Man Ghana Competition had been scheduled to start at 8 pm prompt, just after the final match between Ghana and Brazil. Alas, after the ninetieth minute with no winner, the organizers of the Man Ghana competition, Creative Trends knew that it was going to be a long night.
So at 10:30 pm when the cup had been finally presented to the gallant boys and the various media houses had given their final take on the performance of the cup winners, they could now make time for the launch of the man Ghana event. In all fifteen media houses showed up.
Mr. Yartey, president of the Ghana Body Building and Fitness Association (GBFA) chronicled how far body building had come to stay and the essence of keeping fit and healthy. He commended the twenty final contestants and assured them of the associations support to them.
The winner for the man Ghana show takes home a top of the range motor bike from Royal Motors and cash prize. Also, the finalists will have an opportunity to train for a whole year for free at the Ikann Fitness Centre at mallam. The winner for the competition will also represent Ghana in the Africa and world competitions. Speaking to the event organizers’, they paid glowing tribute to the sponsors for this year’s show; i.e. Astymin and Apetamin, Royal Motors, Pleasure Condom, Ikann Fitness Centre, Graphic Communications Group, Joy Fm, Hitz Fm and Peace Fm. Mr. R.O.Lamptey, general secretary of the Ghana Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (GBFA) under scored the need for the development of lesser known sports and called on partnerships from corporate Ghana.
In his speech, Yaw Asamoah of Creative Trends gave statistics from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to buttress the need for staying healthy and developing our bodies. He said, one out ten of every adult above the age of fifty in Ghana has diabetes, with a larger percentage having a cardio vascular disease of some sort. “Not all of us can be like these gentlemen, however, this is to encourage all to take exercise serious and trim the excess fat we may be developing”, as he continued to entreat the audience to take physical exercise as a major part of their lifestyles...
It is expected that this year’s Man Ghana event will be the biggest held so far in the country, and with special performances by the high life king – Abrantie Amakye Dede and the lyrical giant – Sarkodie, it is believed that patrons will treat themselves with lots of screams, dance, yelling and smiles, come this Saturday 24th October 2009 at the national theatre at 8 o’clock in the evening. Th egate fee for the final event is GH ¢25 only.