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.

MEPEAccording 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.

Source: GNA/News Ghana


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