Track Titans Club Organizes Maiden Mepe Afenorto Athletics Festival

By Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA

Accra, Aug. 15, GNA
– The Track Titans Club of Ghana has organized the maiden edition of the Mepe
Afenorto Athletics Festival at Mepe in the North Tongu District of the Volta
Region.

The athletics
festival, aimed at unearthing talents in the region and Ghana as a whole,
brought together more than 200 male and female athletes from the various
regions to compete in 100 meters, 800 meters, 3000 meters, 800 medley and
marathon.

According to the organizers,
the Athletics Festival would be an annual event to coincide   with the Mepe Afenorto festival of the
chiefs and people of the area.

Speaking as the
guest of honour, the Director of Sports, University of Ghana, Legon, Dr. Bella
Bello Bitugu, praised the chiefs and people of Mepe and Bator Traditional Areas
for accepting to be part of such a laudable initiative to help discover talents
in athletics for the nation

“For a town like
Mepe to organize such an event to discover talents and nurture them is
something that everybody in this town must be very proud of.”

Dr. Bitugu urged
parents to help their children to venture into sports when they have the
interest and will to do so and not to restrict them to the classroom alone.

“The University of
Ghana has a policy to admit students who are good in sports on a concessionary
basis, we have a lady from here (Mepe) who is a champion at the university of
Ghana, and for this reason I want to pledge to the people of Mepe and Bator
that we are ready to assist talents from here and get hem admission to the
University of Ghana.”

“The only condition
is that the person should be a sports person and meet the basic requirements”
he added.

Dr. Bitugu further
thanked the organizers for the laudable initiative and urged other towns in the
country to help lift their communities with such initiatives to help unearth
and develop talents nationwide.

In an interview
with the GNA sports, the administrator of Track Titans and a coach at the
University of Ghana Sports Directorate, Anthony Adjei Tetteh-Opai, said he was
impressed with performances churned out by the athletes, describing it as very
competitive.

“The event was
brought before the staff of University of Ghana to do something for the
community and we quickly started putting things in order. Least did we know
that it was going to turn out to be this successful and competitive.”

“Being the maiden
edition, we didn’t reach out to many sponsors but eventually we have had enough
to support this festival and we hope to make it an annual event.”

The Director of
Track Titans Club, Enoch Tugbedzo Mensah said as the main organizers, they
collaborated with the Mepe Development Association, University of Ghana, Legon
and also support from individuals and companies to make the event a success.

He said “as a
school consultant, who has travelled throughout the country, I saw talents in
all the places I have been and I believe their talents must not be wasted because
they live in remote areas.”

“So I decided to
put an event together that would bring out this talent out and equally bring
experts together to help scouts these talents and develop and promote them” he
said.

“The event turned
out to be very successful and we look forward to more of such competitions in
the coming years.”

The Mepe athletics
festival 2016 was proudly sponsored by Cedar Quarry, Multipro Private Limited,
produces of Indomie, Promasidor Ghana, Bel Aqua Mineral water and Royal Masito
Palace, Mepe.

The Manager of
Royal Masito Palace, Foster Aklorbortu, expressed his delight to be associated
with the initiative to bring the best out of the young athletes.

“At Royal Masito
Palace we always seek to put a smile on the faces of many, so it was easy for
us to come on board to be part of the sponsors for this event. We are always
ready to partner the organizers to host people from far and near.”

Participants were
given certificates in the various events, with other products from Promasidor
as well as cash prizes.

Asibuo Sandra
Konadu from the University of Ghana won the 100 meter final as young Titi
Rosina from the Upper East Region won the 3000 meters with 10 year old Abduila
Ramata from the Upper East Region placing second.

GNA

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