Gebrselassie’s visit must inspire lesser sports – Veep

Sports News of Friday, 13 March 2015

Source: Graphic Online

Gabrselassie Amissah Arthur

The Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has stated that the upcoming Global Millennium Marathon should be a wake-up call for the revival of dormant sporting disciplines in the country.

He indicated that the presence of Ethiopian legend, Haile Gebrselassie, to whip up public interest in the marathon was indicative of the fact that the so-called lesser known sports could catapult the country to greater heights when given the necessary attention.

The Vice-President made the call when a delegation of the organisers of the marathon called on him at the Flagstaff House last Wednesday.

Among the delegation was the renowned marathon runner who is in the country to kick-start activities for the promotion of the marathon scheduled for Accra on September 6, 2015.

Preparations are currently underway for Accra to host the event. Mr Amissah-Arthur expressed optimism that the event would put Ghana on the world stage.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive, Dr Alfred Vanderpuije, and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, led the delegation to the Flagstaff House.

The visit was to officially inform the presidency of the upcoming marathon and also to seek its support.

Dr Vanderpuije, who briefed the Vice-President, said the visit by the delegation was to whip up public interest in the marathon and also to highlight its health benefit to the people.