By Kofi Safo-Antwi


Walking in Ghana gained a new image at the just ended national sports festival in Kumasi when a nine year old, Rudolf Ato Yankah of Cape Coast flower‰Ûªs Gay school, won the young discovery trophy and a certificate in the men‰Ûªs category. His award was presented to him by the Honorable Minister for youth and sports Kwadwo Baah Wiredu at the closing ceremony. The minister advised Rudolf not to rest on his owes but to strive and attain greater heights during the presentation. Miss Jacqueline Bludo of the Ghana Police service who happened to be the only female competitor in the ladies category was also honored with a certificate. Walking happened to be the first event in the list of athletics events that was competed for at the sports festival.Ahmed Tijani Sanni of the Ghana Armed Forces won the first gold medal for the military at the games in the men‰Ûªs 20km walk with a time of 1hour 30mins 27.1sec.The second position was taken by Atta Bright of Ashanti with a time of 1hour 36mins 06.8sec.The third place was taken by Eric Kwabina Nuamah of Eastern regions with a time of 1hour 36mins 27.9sec.Prince Frimpong of Ashanti region came fourth with a time of 1hour 41mins 24.0sec.The only international guest in the person of Luckshine Goodluck Egbejule of Nigeria took the 5th position with a time of 1hour 41mins 25.5sec. Benjamin Annan of the Central region placed. Top class walkers like Stanley Brimah, Kofi Ali, Eugene Snyper, Charles Ntiamoah, Richard Arthur, Bright Seidu, Jeandy Kwofie and Eric Ampedu could not make it to the finishing line. It is sad to hear that Francis Adarkwah fainted along the way and was rushed to the stadium clinic where he later recovered.In a chat with the Ace walker Vincent Asumang of the Ghana National Fire Service after the games thanked the Chairman,Organizers of this year‰Ûªs Sports Festival, Ghana Athletics Association and the Minister Hon.Kwadwo Baah Wiredu.He added that irrespective of the technical and cumbersome nature of Race Walking the organizers did their best to make the event a success.Asumang also used the opportunity to thank the numerous sponsors such as Energizer,Voltic, Elephant Ointment, The Net,Biriwa Beach Hotel, Parlays Biscuit and Savoy Hotel.


The U.K.walking association has invited the Visco Walking Club to participate in a number of competitions in U.K.It can be recalled that seven(7)walkers embarked on a similar journey to the U.K in December last year and returned on 7th January 2004.The unfortunate situation however was the fact that the group returned without much to talk about due to the unfavorable weather condition that they faced.A similar invitation was sent to the club as part of its preparation towards the world walking cup in April this year which we could not honor.

This time round the club is doing its best to honor the invitation.A 20km team,made up of Ahmed Tijani Sanni of the Ghana Army(Navy),Stanley Brimah Cape Coast, Eric Kwabena Nuamah,Charles Ntiamoah and Richard Arthur. The 50 km team comprises of Vincent Asumang of the Ghana National Fire Service,Kofi Ali Cape Coast. Adjei Boateng,Jeandy Kwofie and Eric Ampadu.Women‰Ûªs 20km would be represented by Jacqueline Bludo and Sarah Nyarkoh who recently returned from Kenya on an IAAF training camp.The under 12 division will see Rudolf Ato Yankah of Cape Coast Flowers Gay School.Officials who will accompany the team include Mr.James Khofi Tuah and Mr. Francis Halm.Mr.

Mufawu Salami an executive member of the Visco walking club indicated that the club was very grateful to Mr.Peter J Cassidy the honorary general secretary of the U.K walking association for sending down invitation on all the three occasions.The Club‰Ûªs gratitude also goes out to individuals and co-operate bodies who have been helping in the development of walking in Ghana such as Energizer,Voltic,Elephant Ointment,The Net,Biriwa Beach Hotel,Parlays Biscuit and Savoy Hotel.


Musah Muda Siru, a member of the Visco walking Club has presented a number of items to the Club at its base in Cape Coast. The said items include a DVD player, a Video Cassette recorder, a trophy and some medals. In a speech, Mr.Musa Muda indicated that he thought of donating the said items to the Club to help boost the image of its newly established walking Academy at ‰Û÷Akyem‰Ûª in Cape Coast and the development of walking in general.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Club,Mr.Peter Amoah and James Khofi Tuah said that Musah has always sought for ways of to help in the development of the club without necessarily looking for what the Club would do for him. It is this same spirit that has gingered him to offer what we are witnessing today. He is seen to be one of the most committed members of the club. We thank him very much and promise that the items will be put to good use. He went on further to thank Mr.Kofi Ali who presented assorted soft drinks to the club at the ceremony.


Visco Walking Club is privileged to be invited to take part in this year‰Ûªs 28 hours walk to be organized by CLUB MERCHEURS ROUBAISIENS in France. It can be recalled that the said Club invited Ghanaian walkers to a similar event last year for which walkers like Ahmed Tijani Sanni of the Ghana Army (Navy), Stanley Brimah Cape Coast and Mr Peter Amoah were entered to take part in the competition. They could not attend due to delay in the processing of traveling documents. This time around Vincent Asumang of the Ghana National Fire Service,Thomas Quacoe and Atta Bright of Kumasi Officials Antoinette Thompson and Godson Akoto have been entered to take part in the event to be held on 18th and 19th September in Roubaix France this year. This will be made possible with the assistance of the following co-operate bodies Energizer Flashlights and Batteries,Voltic Ghana LTD,Lexy-Tech ENT, Elephant Ointment, The Net,Biriwa Beach Hotel, Parlays Biscuit and Savoy Hotel.


The Visco Walking Club has awarded walkers who excelled in the just ended National Sports Festival. The ceremony took place at the Club‰Ûªs academy in Cape Coast. Nine year old Rudolf Ato Yankah of Cape Coast Flowers Gay School who was adjudged the new discovery in the men‰Ûªs category was the first to receive a pair of Race Walking shoes, a carton of Voltic mineral water and some products of Energizer flashlight and batteries as well as educational materials worth 200,000 cedis.The next person to mount the podium was Miss Jacqueline Bludo.For her price, she was given 200,000cedis cash, a pair of walking shoes and a carton of Voltic mineral water. The third person to be awarded was Ahmed Tijani Sanni of the Ghana Armed Forces (Navy),an Alitalia ticket to partake in this year‰Ûªs ‰Û÷Malay Mail Big Walk‰Ûª in Malaysia on the 8 of August 2004 on .Each of the three also had a 2 hour free brows at The Net CafÌ© on the campus of the University of Cape Coast as well as products of Elephant Ointment. The presentation was made by Mr. James Khofi Tuah who is an executive member of the Club. He thanked the management of Biriwa Beach Hotel, Savoy Hotel, Hexagon Guest House and other sponsors who have contributed immensely towards the development of walking in Ghana and made the award ceremony possible.

Visco Walking Club. P.O. BOX 416, CAPE  COAST, GHANA,

WEST- AFRICA.  TEL:00233-20-8167623 FAX: 00233-21-779780




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