Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) athletes who won awards in the Millennium Marathon 2022 competition have presented their awards to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama at the Command officer’s Mess in Burma Camp on Wednesday 7 September 2022.
In his address, the CDS stated that sports development was very important to GAF hence upon receiving a request from the President of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, Mr Ashim Morton, he saw it as an opportunity for GAF athletes to showcase their talents. He commended participants, especially the award winners for their effort and urged them to do more in order to raise the flag of Ghana high. He indicated that the GAF team would always stand in readiness to compete whenever they are called upon.
Race Director of the Millennium Marathon, Mrs Catherine Morton thanked the CDS and GAF for their role in sports development in the country. She commended the athletes for their excellent performance in the 21-kilomitre run stating that the existing record for the Millennium Marathon which was set by an Ethiopian had been broken by three athletes from Ghana with Private (Pte) Arthur Ishmael, setting a new record time of 1:02:05s followed by Mr Atia Koogo from the University of Education, Winneba and Potential Recruit Afful Basit in the male category.
In the female category, Potential Recruit Titi Rosina, Potential Recruit Koomson Sarah and Ms Sherifa Moro from Arrows Athletics Club, Kumasi placed first, second and third respectively in the 21 kilometer run.
As part of the official presentation, the organisers of the event donated 640 medals to GAF to support with future sporting events.
Colonel Richard Akoto on behalf of the CDS thanked the sponsors and organizers of the event.