The event was organized under the theme “Riding for Health and Unity”.
The total distance covered by the cyclist for Men and Women divisions were 75km and 40km respectively.
In a welcome address, Vans Assey, Chairman of the LOC expressed appreciation to the sponsors and the Paramount Chief of the Akpini Traditional Area for such a worthy cause, and asked that it should be an annual affair.
The Volta Regional Sports Development Officer, Mr. Gabriel Yao Missodey who spoke on behalf of Mr. Wolanyo Agra – Ag. Chief Executive of the National Sports Council mentioned that, the Regional Sports Council was determined in linking sports to Traditional Festivals and other major events on the calendar.
He pledged the support of the Council in ensuring that the Kpando Sports Stadium was developed to an appreciable standard.
Togbe Degadu VIII – Paramount Chief of Akipni Traditional Council assured his total support for sports development in his area as kpando was noted for sports promotions since the days of the first republic.
The Communications Director of Cowbell – Inusah Mohammed said, “We at Cowbell are happy to be associated with this memorable event and will make it an annual affair”.
In a speech, the Paramount Chief of the Akini Traditional Area, Togbui Dagadu VIII expressed his appreciation to Cowbell for the support and that, “he was determined to make Kpando the hub of Sports in the region.
The District Chief Executive, Mr. Francis Ganyaglo who on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports – Hon. Akua Sena Dansua, mentioned that, the government was determined in using sports as a tool for unifying the people of the Country.
He also expressed the fact that, government was in the process of constructing sports stadia for six (6) regions with Volta being the priority. Cyclists were also advised against unhealthy sexual behaviors and drug abuse which could jeopardize their future.
The results of the competitions were as follows:
1st - Mawusi Avornyote - Kpando - 2:36:45
2nd - Samuel Ahiakpatsi - Akatsi - 2:36:33
3rd - King David - Kpando - 2:40:31
4th - Edward Ansah - - 2:40:31
5th - Bright Tsedekumah - - 2:47:48
6th - Kudzo Ativor - - 2:56:48
7th - Christian Tsodor - - 2:57:40
8th - Godwin Asinyo - - 3:15:11
9th - Denis Agar - - 3:15:20
Oldest rider: Peter Vordzo (56 years)
Youngest Rider: Godwin Asinyo (16 years)
They both received special awards from the sponsors.
1st - Abubakari Isha Kpando
2nd - Atsunyo Victoria Kpando
3rd - Blame Berlinda Kpando
4th - Florence Heridor Kpando
5th - Yoel Adzovie Kpando
6th - Sarafa Ibrahim Kpando
7th - Elder Makafui Kpando
8th - Alloe Grace Kpando
Oldest Rider: Yoel Adzovie (50 years)
Youngest Rider: Abubakar Ayishetu (17 years)
Prizes were awarded to the first five in each category.
As Reported by:
Mr. Gabriel Yao Missodey
(Volta Regional R.S.D.O.)