The university for development [UDS] has over the past decade enjoyed unmatched success in athletics including finishing 4th out of 32 Universities at the 2020 all-Africa university games held in Egypt with the most recent achievement coming in Kenya at the 2022 all-Africa university games where they placed 6 out of 38 universities on the continent, winning 9 medals in the process.
Notwithstanding, Senior sports coach at the university for development [UDS] Dwumfour Robert has disclosed that the lack of attention and growth of Athletics in the northern region is as a result of the lack of appreciation of the impact of the sport, siting communication gab between athletic associations, and the media as a contributing factor.
According to the former national 400m hurdles champion, the region is blessed with unmatched talents, but these talents he stressed are left to waste as a result of the lack of attention, support and access to ready facilities to help in their training and development.
He has called on the Ghana athletics association to set up mini camps for sprint and long distance athletes in the northern, saying the high altitude in the region will present long distance runners with the ideal conditions to train under and develop their talent. adding that with the right amount of investment and collaboration wamong stakeholders, the region can produce national and international champions within the short to medium term.