Tokyo Olympic Games were nerve-wracking - Benjamin Azamati

Academics Brought Me Here Not Just The Sports- Benjamin Azamati

Ghanaian 100 metres record holder and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 4 × 100 metres finalist, Olympian Benjamin Azamati has outlined the need for children to engage in athletics in uplifting the sport in Ghana.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympian believes that children will develop the love for athletics if given the opportunity and exposed to sports early.

Speaking ahead of the maiden edition of the Junior Olympics Championship to be held at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Friday 17 December, Azamati spoke about how academics also help him plus athletics.

When I was in Ghana it was easy blending athletics and academic work because of my coach. It is just about having to sit and have a chat with your coach. Looking at your timetable he gets to put training sessions in there for you so when you don’t have a class you have to come for practice and all that but with here, there is a structure to go about.

“I am going to use myself as an example. It is not going to be detrimental to their academic aspirations.  Academics brought me here not just the sports.”

I am okay with academics but before I came here my grades were put into consideration. It means that if I wasn’t that good in academics I wouldn’t get that opportunity to come here.

Sports would not make your kid dumb. However, you can do the two simultaneously depending on how determined you are”, said Olympian Benjamin Azamati.

Benjamin Azamati further disclosed that he will compete in the 4 × 100 metres relay in the Junior Olympics Championships. The championship is a 2-day event that will commence on Friday 17th– 18th Saturday, December 2021 at Paa Joe Sports Stadium in Kumasi Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The Junior Olympics is organised by Legon Creative Athletics Club (LCAC) and SeedAfrique in collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to unearth talent in the country and help children develop an interest in the game.

The Junior Olympics Championships is endorsed by the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA).

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By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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