BY ANNETTE S. YEBOAH
THE FOUNDER of the Millennium marathon, Ambassador Ashim Morton, has proposed a ‘Little Steps Challenge’ for every Ghanaians.
According to him, the ‘Little Steps Challenge’ is when one starts walking slowly, then swiftly, then start jogging and end up running.
He made this proposal when he launched the fourth edition of the Millennium Accra Sports Marathon in Accra yesterday.
He also proposed a private-public sector partnership aimed at setting up fitness centres in various public spaces where the ordinary Ghanaian can go and work out before or after work.
“We encourage private firms to do same, and actually go the extra mile to encourage employees to make a habit of working out or engaging in one form of physical activity or another,” he said.
According to him, sports is like taking the first step towards physical exercise while treading a rough road of physical pain and endurance but knowing that in the end, you reap the health benefits that will lift you up from the doldrums of sickness and eventual death to that of good health, productivity and prosperity,” he said.
Mr Morton expressed the belief that sports should be integral part of everyday life equaled to water and food in order to sustain a healthy productive life.
“Without sports, the physical body gradually deteriorates and with this comes health issues that directly affect productivity and quality of life.
“Physical activities reduce the risk of diabetes, which, according to the Centre for Diseases Control four million Ghanaians are currently living with and which took 5,000 lives in 2015. Ninety per cent are not diagnosed early while 70% are diagnosed after death,” he said.
He, however, urged potential participants to come out to join the professional runners to win a prize in the fourth edition of the Millennium Sports Accra Marathon.
“Participants, both young and old, fat and thin, plantain chips and chocolate ladies, lean and pot-bellied men, along with the tourists from all over the world, should help put our country and capital city on the map of world sports while supporting the local economy, all for a good cause,” he said.
Mr Morton presented a cheque for GH¢10,000.00 to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for it developmental programmes.
According to him participants stand the chance of winning a latest Nissan SUV car from Japan Motors.