| Updated Sep 02, 2017 at 8:28pm



Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamamudu Bawumia has opened this year’s National Sports Festival in Kumasi.

The one-week Festival is on the theme: “Sports: A Tool for National Unity and Job Creation”.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia described sports as an avenue with an enormous potential for job creation mainly for the youth.

The National Sports Festival has been one major national sporting event aimed at unearthing talents to feed the various teams.

Key among such talents is boxing legend Azuma Nelson who won gold in Amateur Boxing in the 1978 Games on the ticket of the Ghana Prisons Service. However, for six years in succession, the event has not been held for various reasons.

This year’s edition is being participated by about two thousand, 500 athletes from all the 10 regions who will be competing in various disciplines including Para Sports, Badminton, Female soccer, athletics and Volleyball.

Opening the week-long Sports Festival, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, said government believes in the potential of sports as a job-creation avenue, national unity and peace-building in a heterogeneous society such as Ghana.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia urged the athletes and officials to prove to everyone that even in keen competition can occur in harmony as well as build bridges among rivals or competitors while striving to use the opportunity to make names for themselves.

The Minister of Sports, Isaac Asiamah, announced that the National Sports Festival will henceforth be an annual national event and that a committee will be constituted to evaluate this year’s event which report would be the reference point for subsequent Games.

In the opening female soccer match, Ashanti beat Upper East by one goal to nil while in the one thousand 500 metre race, Sakat Lariba from the Upper East finished first with Ashanti region’s Rita Kyere taking the second position.