Did You Know That Athletics Is The 4th Ranked Sport In Ghana?

Did You Know That Athletics Is The 4th Ranked Sport In Ghana?

Ghana is a country located in West Africa with a population of an estimated around 31 million according to the 2021 provisional population census. The Ghana Statistical Service in 2021 organised its population census and the official result is yet to be released. Ghana has a rich history and culture. Ghana is blessed with a lot of natural mineral resources like gold, timber, diamond, bauxite, cocoa, crude oil, and many more. About 70% of the Ghanaian population is into Agriculture. Did you know that Athletics is the 4th ranked sport In Ghana?

There are a lot of sporting activities that we do play in Ghana here. But Ghanaians are more passionate about some than others. Athletics has been one of the fastest-growing sports in Ghana currently but it is ranked 4th as the most played sporting activity in Ghana. The surprise is that how Boxing and Basketball are all ranked above Athletics in Ghana. Meanwhile, we do athletics in primary, junior high, senior high schools, and all the tertiaries but the boxing is not done in these various institutions.

Criticism: In the past decade, football has been the number one sport because of the funds the government has been channeled over there. Meanwhile, most of the Ghanaians are complaining that there is little or no funding for the other lesser sports. Because of this, several sports events on the African continent such as the African Games have seen limited Ghanaian participation.

12. Karate is a sport played in Ghana and it was first introduced to the country in 1990.

11. Netball was introduced into the Gold Coast by the missionaries who brought education into the country.

10. Tennis is another sport that is played in Ghana. Most of them just play for fun.

09. Lacrosse, Ghana became the 3rd Africa nation after Uganda and Kenya to be admitted into the global World Lacrosse Federation in 2019

08. Table tennis had long started in the 1940s.

07. Handball was a sport that was introduced to Ghana in 1975 by Mr. S. K. Hlordze then Deputy Chief Sports Organiser of the National Sports Council and Mr. Kate Caeser, a lecturer at Specialist Training College – P. E Department, Winneba (University of Education)

06. Judo was introduced in Ghana in the early 1960s by the late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

05. Cricket was handed over to Ghana in the early days of the Gold Coast. Ghana played its first international game in 1904 against Nigeria.

04. Athletics is now the 4th biggest sport in Ghana. Most of the individuals are now engaging in athletics. Ghana has won an Olympic Youth Gold medal in the women’s 800m. Team Ghana has been competing in the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Relays Championships, African Games, Common Wealth Games, and many more events around the world. Team Ghana participated at the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and they exhibited a tremendous performance. They competed in the triple jump, 100m, 200m, and 4 × 100m men’s relay. The Ghana 4 × 100m Relay Team qualified to the finals and was the only African Country to reach that remarkable milestone

03. Basketball on the other hand is very popular and is the third most played sport in Ghana. Most of the Ghanaian players play in some of the top divisions in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and North and South America. The Ghana Men’s Team participated in the maiden edition of the 2019 African Beach Games.

02. Boxing is the second largest most dominated sport in Ghana. The famous Bukum town is the country’s hub for producing world champions. Ghana has won most of its Olympic Games Medals are from boxing. Samuel Takyi broke the 29-year old Olympic medal drought by winning a medal at just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in boxing.

01. Football is the most popular sport in Ghana and about 80% of the population watch football every day. In every community in Ghana, the inhabitants organise small mini football events and play every day. The Black Stars is the name of the Ghana National Senior Team. The Black Stars has represented Ghana at the World Cup 3-times, 2006 in Germany, 2010 in South Africa, and 2014 in Brazil.


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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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