Lariba and Ishmael To Headline Ghana Armed Forces X-Country

Lariba and Ishmael To Headline Ghana Armed Forces X-Country

The reigning Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region II half marathon champion Lariba Sakat, and Ishmael Arthur the 2018 Millennium Marathon champion will try to make history at the maiden edition of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Cross Country Championship at the Ghana Air Force Golf Park this month. Lariba and Ishmael to headline the maiden edition of Ghana Armed Forces X-Country

Lariba, the National Cross Country gold medallist, will be seeking to win her second cross country crown, while Ishmael, the Sekondi-Takoradi Marathon silver medallist, is out to regain his glory in the cross country event in Ghana after a dramatic third place in the 2021 National Cross Championship.

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Lariba is the only female athlete in Ghana who has gone unbeaten in the past 2 years both on the track and road. She has won all her races since 2020 to date ,although the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has been a detrimental to most of our sports.

About 90% of the competitions were being postponed and later cancelled around the globe of which Ghana was a victim.

Lariba who was preparing for the 2021 Sekondi-Takoradi Marathon last year and she was optimistic of setting a new course record but unfortunately the race was cancelled.

Ishmael who is now a military personal in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is also among the leading distance runners in West Africa. He placed third at Asante Akyem (Asante Akyem Marathon Challenge 2021) in October and just within few days he competed at the GAF Open Championships in 5000m. He returned to the marathon scene and placed third at Koforidua (Koforidua Marathon 2021) in December.

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The head coach of the Ghana Armed Forces Athletics team, WO1 Moro Salifu in an interview with Athleticshour.com has disclosed that the route will be standardised to meet the World Athletics rules and regulations governing a cross country terrain. Check Full Story Here

The maiden edition of the GAF cross country championship will take place on Saturday, 29th January 2022 in Accra.

Most of the athletes have not yet confirmed their participation and Athleticshour.com will bring you all the details concerning the mega event.

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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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