The Rivalry That Could Bring The Passion For Ghana Athletics

The Rivalry That Could Bring The Passion For Ghana Athletics

The Rivalry That Could Bring The Passion For Ghana Athletics. The second meet of the Ghana Fastest Human (GFH) 2021 competition kicks off at the University of Ghana Stadium this weekend. The event which promises to be a crowd-puller will see two athletes from two different schools try to outdo each other as they take a step towards improving upon their Personal Best (PB).

Sarfo Ansah of the University for Developmental Studies (UDS) with a PB of 10.42s and Edwin Gadayi of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) with a PB of 10.37s will hope to steal the spotlight of the GFH 2021, Accra meets on Saturday, April, 10.

The last event which was held in Cape Coast in March saw Sarfo Ansah emerge as the winner in the Men’s 100 Meters with a time of 10.83 secs. However, at the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) Open Championship which was held in Kumasi on March 27, Edwin Gadayi, who stumbled and finished 8th at the GFH meet in Cape Coast pulled past Ansah with a time of 10.62s.

The rivalry between these two spirited athletes is an open secret even if they wouldn’t admit such. The question that seems to be on the minds of the enthusiastic athletics fans in Ghana is whether Edwin Gadayi and Sarfo Ansah will be the talk of the Accra meet as they were in Kumasi?

In the wake of events of this magnitude, not to talk of bragging rights for their respective schools, the athletes have intensified their preparations towards this Saturday’s showdown in Accra. However, according to Sarfo Ansah, his training process has not been a smooth one.

“God been so good everything is going well, everything is fine. Preparing for this event is a bit challenging. We have started exams so training has become very difficult for me but I am still managing to do something small, some bit of training to come to this competition. So, I’m hoping in this competition I’ll get a good time, better than the Kumasi GAA Open Championship” Sarfo Ansah confessed.

On the other hand, Edwin Gadayi seems to be in a very good spirit and excited about the upcoming event. According to him, fans should expect a repeat of what took place in Kumasi.

“I’ll say I’m not scared at all. As I’m talking to you right now, I’m relaxed and focused. There’s no pressure on me at all. And I have that kind of confidence that what happened in Kumasi will surely repeat itself come this Saturday” elated Godwin Gadayi disclosed.

“I’m prepared and I’ve trained well. I’m ready, I’m ever ready for this weekend.”

Talking about who is better than the other and the supposed rivalry that exists between them, the two athletes had something different to say.

“I won’t say he (Edwin Gadayi) is giving me a challenge or between me and him there is a competition. It is an open competition everybody can win. And I’m not putting this in my mind that I’m going into this competition because of him. I’m going into the competition to run a time not to compete with anybody” Ansah said.

Edwin Gadayi on the other hand had this to say:

“Well, people may see it as a competition between me and him. But for me, I don’t think it is a competition. I don’t think it is a competition at all. Although he is also good and I acknowledge his performance and hard work but he is not a competition for me.”

Regardless of their perceptions of each other, fans and students of UDS and UCC respectively will be at the Legon Stadium to cheer on their stars to victory. One thing that is guaranteed this rivalry, perceived or real, could be the spice that is lacking to awaken the passion for athletics in Ghana all over again.

Credit: Creative Sports Media Team

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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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