The Ghana Powerlifting Federation (GPF) has slated April 13, 2019 to organize a massive clean-up exercise in Bukom, a suburb of Accra and its environs ahead of the federation’s maiden national championship.
President of the Federation, Mr. Godwill Agyeman, announced this on Friday February 8, 2019 when members of the federation paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of Accra, Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah.
“We are going to clean Accra and demonstrate to the people of Ghana that we are not only using our strength to lift weight but to also clean Accra as part of efforts to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa as proclaimed by the President,” he said.
He also urged all and sundry to participate in the clean-up exercise as it would go a long way to eliminate filth in the city.
He disclosed that the upcoming clean up exercise would be held two weeks to herald the maiden national championship which has been scheduled from April 26 to 28 2019 at Mantse Agbonaa in Accra.
He said Ghana was currently the reigning African Champion, adding that, the maiden national championship would afford the country the opportunity to host the 2020 African Powerlifting Championship.
He disclosed that there were three disciplines in Powerlifting which included squatting, dead lifting and bench press.
Mayor Sowah urged the youth to join the competition to prove their strength, adding that, Power lifting was a form of exercise which helps to improve health.
The Mayor of Accra who welcomed the delegation said lesser known sports remained a good opportunity to generate employment for the youth as well as boost the health of participants, adding that, he would do anything in his power to support sports in the city.
“Sports is very important to us, it boosts our health and also an opportunity to generate employment and bring in some money for the youth. Every effort in reviving sports should be supported and that is why I am very interested in making sure that we revive sports,” he said.
Mayor Sowah urged young people to partake in sporting activities especially the lesser known sports as it could breed many opportunities.
He pledged the Assembly's commitment to support the clean-up exercise and urged corporate institution and all citizens to join the fight against filth to ensure a clean Accra, "where we can all live in and love it.”
The reigning African Powerlifting Champion, Ebenezer Nii Armaah, also known as ‘Who say man no dey’ also challenged all weight lifters in the country to participate in the upcoming championship as he would be competing with strength to defend his title and set new records.