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Former Accra Milo Marathon Champion, David Ziga, has called on government and stakeholders to support athletes who excel in the annual championship to realize their full potential.
The 2012 edition of the Accra Milo Marathon takes off on Friday. Over 7000 runners will jostle for honours in the Under 15 category, in the mass event in the 26th edition of the annual contest, under the theme “Champions run the City”
The annual marathon has given birth to six time Champion David Ziga, who won the competition from 2000 to 2004 and in 2006. Also in the rank is William Akuka who won the championship in 2011.
Talking about Marathon and long distance event, Ethiopia can boast of Kenenisa Bekele, Kenya can make mention of 800 metre World Champion, David Rudisha and 3000 meter King Ezekiel Cheboi Kemboi, Uganda has 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, Stephen Kiprotich.
Ghana, after 26 editions of the Accra Milo Marathon, is yet to produce an internationally recognized long distance runner.
David Ziga is appealing to government and stakeholders to come to the aid of the athletes to help them gain international recognition.
He said “the sports council and athletic association are not helping the athletes in this country. We have the talent, but they are not helping us. I am pleading to the government to come in and help the athletics of this country… Athletics is going down because apart from the Milo Marathon, there is no other race in this country and that is killing those of us who have the talent.”
Source: The Gold Sports Team