Accra, Sept. 15,
GNA – Agnes Naa Momo Lartey, National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary
candidate for Krowor and some NDC members boycotted the presentation of medals
to athletes at the 2016 Felix Sakora Athletics championship held at Teshie in
It was an annual
fun competition launched last year by Mr Felix Sakora, a former Ghanaian
athlete, to rekindle athletics in the youth of Teshie and beyond and hosted by
the Past Athletics Association of Ghana (PAAG).
The Krowor NDC
members had protested against the colours of red, white and blue of the Medal
strips, which they claimed depicts the colours of the New Patriotic Party
No amount of
persuasion from the organizers could change their stand and they left the
grounds unceremoniously to the surprise of the athletes.
was later done by the organizers and some members of the PAAG.
Mr Sakora in an
interview with the GNA Sports said the organization of the event was devoid of
politics and that the strips of the medals are American colours, where he
resides and described the situation as “very unfortunate.”
In all about 500
athletes competed in the various track and field competitions, including
arm-wrestling and sack-racing.
The teams, which
participated in the competition are Fupac Athletics Club of Tema, Nungua
Athletics Club, Teshie Athletics Club, La Athletics Club, El-Wak Athletics
Club, Celebration Keep-fit Club, Winners Keep-fit Club, Elite Keep-fit Club,
Teshie Keep-fit Club and Kaneshie Complex Keep-fit Club.
Mr Sakora urged
parents to allow their children to add sports to their academic work to develop
their athletics prospects.
He said sports,
especially athletics, has a lot of job possibilities for the youth and
therefore parents should not prevent their wards from participating in such
competitions to exhibit their prowess.
He said during
their athletics days, the facilities for training were there and they enjoyed
the sports, which enabled Ghana to produce a number of sportsmen and women to
the Olympics Games, who brought laurels for the country
Mr Sakora said
currently, there are only few training grounds left, which had led to the sad
state of athletics in the country.
He appealed to the
Ministry of Youth and Sports to pay serious attention to athletics and not only
on football so that more talents could be unearthed.
He called for more
tartan tracks at the parks in the communities to unearth athletic talents.
Stella Sedame, the District Police Commander for Ellembelle in the Western
Region and a member of the PAAG appealed to individuals and philanthropic
organizations to support the Felix Sakora Championship initiative to enable it
to be replicated in other regions, to bring the sports alive.
She called on the
sports authorities to re-introduce the schools and colleges Athletics
Competitions to whip up the enthusiasm of the students.
She said this would
go a long way to prevent the youth from going wayward.
Supt Sedame said
the organization of the competition had helped to bring members of the
association together and had also created the awareness of the existence of the
PAAG for other past athletes to join.
came first, second and third respectively in the various competitions were
awarded cash prizes, medals and certificates.