A 16 year old unknown Priscilla Glah and a popular 18 year old long distance runner, Philip Atitsogbe, from the Eastern and the Volta Regions respectively have emerged winners of a 21-Km race in the male and female categories of the maiden Ada Asafotufiami marathon organised by the Ayilor Foundation.
Philip made a time of 59 minutes and 1sec. to win in the 21 kilometres male category whilst Priscilla made 1hr. and 12sec. to win the female category over an 11Km distance.
Philip Atitsogbe took home a 32inc. flat screen television set while Priscilla went home with cooking utensils as their prices.
The marathon was patronised by 62 athletes from Accra, Koforidua, Ada, Kumasi, Keta, Angloga, Ashaiman, Canada, Tema and other cities across the country.
The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the Ayilor Foundation, Rexford Lawer Adjrago, speaking to westafrica24.com after the race said the event aims to unearth young talented athletes that are going waste in the traditional area and entire Ghana, groom them to participate and win laurels for Ghana in international events.
Mr. Adjrago who was dissatisfied at governments, individuals and organisations’ concentration on only football, relegating other disciplines noted that, the event also sought to beckon both national and international attention to the Ada’s rich natural endowments such islands, estuary, the Volta Lake among others to boost tourism in the area and the country as a whole.
The Ayilor Foundation CEO who hinted that the race will be instituted as an annual Asafotufiami event seized the opportunity to encourage the young athletes to work hard to ensure that someday they make the nation proud in international events.
Mr. Rexford Lawer Adjrago also congratulated the winners for winning their respective tittles and as well, lauded the other participating athletes for their great show of sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout the competition.
He express appreciation to Aqua Safari and Kasapreko for supporting the event, hoping that corporate Ghana comes onboard to make subsequent events more successful.
Winner of the male category, Philip Atitsogbe who expressed appreciation to the organisers tells atinkaonline/News that his aim is to participate in the 2021 Olympic games.
Master Atitsogbe revealed that some upcoming talented athletes fend for themselves and even find it difficult to get a day’s meal when they return from training. This he added, deprives them of reaching higher heights because they get assistance from nowhere.
The maiden Ada marathon winner therefore implored individuals and corporate entities to lend support to such young talents to make marks for Ghana in international competitions.
By: Edward Tetteh