Mohamed Aziz beat the defending champion, Basit Afful, and Malik Yakubu to win this year’s national cross country Championship held at Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam in the Central Region last Saturday.
Aziz clocked 37:28.44 minutes to finish ahead of Afful and Yakubu who placed second and third respectively.
Aziz of the host region put up an impressive performance in the 10km event which started at the Mando Methodist School Park and ended at the Ajumaku campus of the University of Education, Winneba.
In the female event, Ramata Abdulai of the Upper West Region retained her title when she beat off competition from Sherifa Moro (Ashanti Region) and Berlinda Segbor (Upper West Regions) who finished as first and second runners-up respectively.
Ramata’s winning time was 46:37.48 minutes.
Aziz and Ramata each received the winner’s trophy and a cash prize of GHc2,000 with the first runners-up taking home GHc1,500 each.
After the race, the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, who represented the Minister of Youth and
Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah, advised the youth to take up sports in order to stay healthy while pursuing their academic programmes.
Revival of sports
He explained that the National Cross-Country competition was organised by the NSA as part of plans to revive other sporting disciplines around the various districts in the country.and promised that his outfit’s continued support to make it a regular feature on the sporting calendar.
The event was sponsored by the ADB Bank, Ghana Gas Company Limited, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the NSA. It was graced by dignitaries, including the DCE for Ajumako- Enyan-Asiam District, Mr Ransford Nyarko; Prof. Peter Twumasi, Director General of the NSA; Dr John Kofi Mensah, MD of ADB Bank, and Prof. Henry Pufaa of the University of Education, Winneba.