No Support For Ghana Athletes To Train Better – Basit Afful

No Support For Ghana Athletes To Train Better – Basit Afful

Basit Afful is an amateur Ghanaian upcoming distance athlete. He is specialising in 5000m and 10000m on the track. Basit hails from Agona Swedru and he is coached by the famous Sir Evans Yeboah. Coach Evans has been coaching for over a decade now and he is widely known for unearthing and developing distance runners in Ghana, West Africa. Coach Evans was the head coach of Swedru School of Business Senior High but he is currently at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, Central Region. No support for Ghana Athletes to train better – Basit Afful

Basit has been a phenomenal athlete and always finishes in the top 3 in competitions for the past 5 years in a row. He won the 2021 National Sports Authority Cross Country Championship at Sefwi Wiaso, Western North Region. He also represented Ghana at Burkina Faso.

Records

5km = 15:16 seconds, 10km = 30:35 seconds, Half Marathon = 1:10: 00 seconds, Marathon = 2:28:34 seconds

In a one-on-one interview with Athleticshour.com, he made a lot of revelations concerning training and the hardship Ghanaian athletes face as upcoming amateur athletes.

“Hmm because of the challenges I’m going through in life, so I’m not on form but if God permits I will try my best. In Ghana, sometimes when you finish training, you don’t even get something to eat. I don’t do anything that will support me to train better. Even all my running shoes have worn out and need a new one urgently. Things are very difficult in Ghana as an upcoming athlete, we can perform far better and able to run good times if we get support from the government and other companies or individuals” said Basit Afful.

Basit Afful is popularly known as the Ghanaian “Mo Farah” in the running industry. He also said that the iconic British athlete is his idol and inspiration in his athletics career. Most of the people even say he runs like the Olympic Gold Medalist, Mo.

Most Ghanaian athletes are facing similar issues and it’s the cause why our athletics is not moving forward. Because most of them can’t endure and the better stop to find work to do for a living.

The government set up some monthly stipends for the athletes but it seems only a few are enjoying these benefits. We appeal to the Ghana government to extend this grant to reach a lot of the athletes because these young athletes today will become the national athletes tomorrow.

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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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