I am exceptional in coaching because I can train both sprinters and distance athletes – Coach O. J discloses [WATCH VIDEO]

I am exceptional in coaching because I can train both sprinters and distance athletes – Coach O. J discloses [WATCH VIDEO]

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Athleticshour.com today visited the training camp of one of the renowned athletics clubs in Ghana, O. J Athletics. We had an in-depth discussion with Head Coach Owura Junior (O. J) about training and the welfare of his athletes.

According to Coach Owura Junior (O.J), most of his athletes are students and sometimes find it very difficult to come to training regularly. While others are staying far from where they train every day.

“Sometimes I have to give them money for their transportation. I also buy them their running shoes and training kits. I do all these as a source of motivation to the athletes” said Coach O. J.

They train at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology campus at the Paa Joe Sports Stadium. The university athletes are already here and those who completed this year as you can see from the other side.

We saw that there was only one female athlete and to our surprise, she was training with the males. She is a student of Kumasi Girls Senior High School. We need to motivate our female athletes to do more sports in our school.

He also disclosed that he is not happy about the current ban on our school sports because most of our athletes are all students and they need to compete to be able to see and know their performance.

“I do always follow my athletes even when they are in school. I make sure they are training and in good shape. I believe in their Physical Education (PE) Teachers in the various schools,” said Coach O. J

He also hinted that maybe Inter-Collegiate Games will return again but the actual date is unknown.

Watch the full interview here.

By Awal Sule Mohammed

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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