We’re ready for athletics bow at African Games, says Azamati

Ghana's athletics team is expected to compete for gold at the 13th African Games on Monday (18 March 2024)

Ghana’s sprint sensation, Benjamin Azamati, has expressed unwavering confidence ahead of his debut in athletics at the African Games, slated to commence in Accra Monday (18 March 2024).

Speaking at a media briefing put together by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, where new athletic gears for the athletes were unveiled, Azamati conveyed his eagerness to make a mark on the continental stage.

“I always see pressure as a way of performing better so the pressure here is just basically for me to perform better,” Azamati affirmed, reflecting on his mindset approaching the prestigious event.

Azamati, who holds the national record for the 100m sprint with a blazing time of 9.90 seconds, acknowledged his previous near misses in securing competitive medals for Ghana.

Despite falling short in previous major competitions such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, the prospect of competing on home soil in Accra fills him with determination and resolve.

“The University of Ghana Stadium feels like home for me. It was where I learned to hone my skills and get better at a sport that has given me a lot of recognition,” the athlete reminisced.

The Ministry also used the opportunity to announce that welfare arrangements have been made for athletes who perform at the games. They announced that gold medalists will be given US$3,000, silver medalists take home US$2,000 whiles bronze medalists get US$1,000. Also a per diem of GHC1,000 for 14 days will be made available for all athletes.

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