Despite the abundance of talent in Ghana, athletics in the country has failed, according to Ohene Karikari, a gold medalist in the 1973 Africa Games.
Ghanaian athletes’ failure to participate in the Olympics and international competitions, according to the former sprinter, is due to a lack of competition in the country.
Ohene Karikari expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of competition in the country, which he believes is hampering efforts to find new talent.
“Sports is all about competition and if there is no competition then it’s a joke. In an Olympic year we have only organized one competition that is a joke. We don’t even have a team. We are just preparing to fail,” he told Odiasempa Kwame Oware Happy Sports program Where Are They
“Even with the upcoming African Games, we don’t even know the athletes that are going to compete. In Sports, you have to prepare by organizing a competition. Sports is about competition if it’s not competition then its keep fit,”
Ghana has slipped down the athletics pecking order over the years, according to Ohene Karikari, despite becoming a formidable power in the past.
“Now in international competitions and Olympics, Ghana cannot even compete. We have been left behind despite the abundance of talents in the country,”
“Most of the countries have even developed more than Ghana in athletics. No competition, nothing it with only competition that can help athletes assess themselves before a competition. Without competitions how can we identify talents in the country,” he ended.
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