Sept. 29, GNA - Mr. Jonathan Ato Kobbie, Senior Officer in-charge of External
Affairs, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has re-echoed the
organization’s commitment to provide the enabling environment in developing
athletics at the grassroots to appreciable standard.
He said the GNPC believes that given the right infrastructure and incentives lot of talents abounding at the grassroots could be tapped to help the nation claim laurels in international competitions.
Speaking to the GNA Sports on the sidelines of the 2015 Ghana’s Fastest Human (GFH) competition in Kumasi, he enumerated the enormous benefits some countries investing in the sport had derived, particularly in an era where athletics had gone professional with its huge potentials for the economy.
The competition, sponsored by the GNPC and other supporting organizations, saw the participants competing for honours in the 100 metres event, and targeted the Under-10, 13 and 18 age category, as well as seniors.
Initiated by Reks Brobby, a former Ghanaian national athlete, three years ago, the GFH event had been designed as an annual talent-hunt programme to produce potential 100 Metre champions at the international level.
The last time Ghana made any significant breakthrough in the sprints was in 1974 when the legendary Ohene Karikari won a Bronze medal at the Olympic Games in New Zealand.
Mr. Kobbie said his organization’s resolve to partner organizers of the GFH competition was borne out of their vision to motivate young athletes to strive for the best in their career development.
“We have a mission to advance this noble cause as Ghana has what it takes to make an impact on the international scene”, he told the GNA Sports.
The GNPC Official said sports in general help the youth to always remain discipline and also embrace the sense of team work, saying his organization would as such collaborate with stakeholders in doing what was right.