Blaise Agana, GNA
Bolgatanga (UE), Oct
26, GNA – The Organising Committee of the 31st edition of Tour Du Faso, has
included routes in Ghana to the competition.
The second and third
stages of the international cycling competition, would be held in Bolgatanga in
the Upper East Region, on Sunday, October 27, with cyclists from other African
The decision of the
organisers to extend the competition to Ghana, was in recognition of the long
standing cordial relationship between Ghana and Burkina Faso in Sports.
Yasnesmanegre, the President of the Organizing National Committee announced
this, when he paid a courtesy call on the Upper East Deputy Regional Minister,
Mr Fuseini Adongo, in Bolgatanga.
The visit was to inform
the minister of the committee’s decision to extend the cycling competition to
Ghana and to also brief him about preparations towards the event.
Mr Sawadogo who is
also the president of the Burkina Faso Cycling Federation said, Bolgatanga
would host the second and third stages of the cycling competition, with over 80
cyclists from 15 countries in Africa and Europe taking part.
The Upper East
Regional Minister said, the decision to extend the race to Ghana was a laudable
one, since both countries had enjoyed good bilateral relations in several areas
including sports, which had the power to unite people from different cultural
Mr. Adongo pledged the
support of his office to the race and urged the committee to work closely with
the Ghanaian security and relevant authorities to ensure the safety of
participants and spectators.
Mr Iddrisu Bediako
Ahmed, the Director of the Upper East Regional Sports Authority, said the race
would attract about 300 people into the region.
Mr Ahmed said as part
of the activities ahead of the race, there would also be musical night show
where musicians, cultural groups from both countries would be performing on
showcase the rich culture from the two countries.