Coach Obour Appeals for Support for Northern Ghana Athletes
Coach Obour Appeals for Support for Northern Ghana Athletes – Dwumfour Robert a former Ghanaian National Athlete has appealed to the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) to set up a mini-camp in the Northern Region of Ghana. Dwumfour popularly known as Coach Obour is now the Senior Head Coach of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale campus.
The University for Development (UDS) has over the past decade enjoyed unmatched success in athletics including finishing 4th out of 32 Universities at the 2020 All Africa University games held in Egypt with the most recent achievement coming in Kenya at the 2022 All Africa University games where they placed 6 out of 38 universities on the continent, winning 9 medals in the process. read more
Notwithstanding, Senior sports coach at the University for Development (UDS) Coach Obour disclosed that the lack of attention and growth of Athletics in the Northern part of the country is a result of the lack of appreciation of the impact of the sport, sitting communication gap between athletic associations, and the media as a contributing factor.
According to the former national 400m hurdles champion, the region is blessed with unmatched talents, but these talents he stressed are left to waste as a result of the lack of attention, support, and access to ready facilities to help in their training and development. read more
He has called on the GAA to set up mini-camps for sprint and long-distance athletes in the North, saying the high altitude in the region will present long-distance runners with the ideal conditions to train and develop their talent. Adding that with the right amount of investment and collaboration among stakeholders, the region can produce national and international champions within the shortest to medium term.