Outspoken award winning Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson thinks a bit more care towards track and field will make Ghana’s image rise rapidly all over the world.
As stated by Miss Forson, Ghana has a lot of young talent in track and field but the authorities are not doing much to motivate the young athletes to make the country’s image grow at world contests.
In a recent interview, Forson, who was an athlete in her school, said so little attention is being given to the field and track in Ghana and something must be done about it as soon as possible.
“We always complain that there are no jobs in the country, the economy is poor and a little ago people were arguing about how much profit the Black Stars players make.”
“I think they really don’t realize how much revenue the country makes for appearing in world cup because it is entertainment too.”
“No one is discussing how much revenue the country generates from sports so we have to develop the full sports sector.”
“I was in school with many runners and one of them was Ghanaian sprinter Vida Anim, who always talked about how she dreamed to run for Ghana.”
“We have a lot of stadiums and we are not even using the tracks for any big competitions and it’s very alarming,” she said.
She recalled her days at Akosombo International, where a ‘Mini Olympics’ held the last Saturday of each month.
“It was exciting and introduced some really great talents. Football and boxing are international sports if we like it or not I guess the authorities must focus their attention to track and field and visit secondary schools where the young talent could be discovered and then train them for the future”.
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