The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has congratulated sprinter Benjamin Azamati for breaking the national 100m record and also qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.
Benjamin Azamati’s record breaking run:
✅New NR 9.97s (breaks Leo Myles-Mills’ 22-year old record of 9.98s)
✅World Lead time, first man to dip under 10.00s in 2021
✅First NCAADII athlete to run under 10.00s
✅Booked ticket to Tokyo Olympics
✅This kid is on fire! pic.twitter.com/0oVQ6a7fDw
— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo_) March 26, 2021
The US-based sprinter yesterday broke the 22-year-old national 100m record held by Leonard Myles-Mills after storming to a stunning 9.97s at the Texas relays on Friday.
The Sports Minister took to his Facebook page to congratulate the sprinter for what he described as an historic feat.
“Congratulations to Benjamin Azamati for his historic 9.97s run, which broke the 22-year old national 100m record held by Leo Myles-Mills and also qualifying him for the Tokyo Olympics,” Mustapha Ussif wrote.
“Azamati’s background as a former school athlete and his remarkable rise to prominence, is the reason we want to revamp and pay more attention to inter-schools competitions to be able to unearth and develop more of such talents for our country,” the Sports Minister added.
During his vetting last month, Mustapha Ussif said revamping schools and college sports would be one of his main priorities in order to discover and develop more talents by awarding them educational scholarships to sports universities.
Azamati was a student-athlete at the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC Legon) and the University of Ghana.