By Simon Asare, GNA
Accra, Feb. 10, GNA - Malik Yakubu of the Ashanti region and Ramata Abdulai from the Upper West Region, toppled their male and female counterparts respectively at this year's National Cross Country, that took place in Mpohor in the Western Region.
The 2019 National Cross Country, saw six male and female athletes respectively from each region compete for honours in a 10 kilometer race.
Mr. Curtis Perry Okudjeto, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, in his address on behalf of sector Minister, Isaac Kwame Assiamah stated that, it was the Ministry's mandate to use sports as a major tool for job creation, recreation, education and to a larger extent crime prevention, hence the government led by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo's, was building multipurpose youth and sports resource centers in every region to serve as a hub, where sports men and women can find the space to develop their sporting talents.
He stated that this year, Government would support more of such sporting activities as Ghana, kick start preparation towards the All Africa Games in 2023.
Professor Peter Twumasi, the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), said the competition, which was last organized in 2010 was aimed at unearthing talents, who could best represent the nation in long distance events at both local and international competitions.
He said the NSA was determined to revive all dormant sporting events and the cross country competition was just a curtain raiser for a busy 2019 sports calendar.
He congratulated the athletes for the good performance displayed in the event and also used the occasion to thank the sponsors, which includes the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ghana Gas, John Sani Foundation, Ambassador George Lutterodt among others, who supported the event in diverse ways.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion include the Omanhene of Wassa Mpohor traditional area, Kontihene of Wassa Mpohor, Member of Parliament for Mpohor constituency, Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Mpohor, a former Western Regional Minister among others.