As part of preparations for the competition, the GAA invited 15 foreign based athletes to join their local colleagues to participate in the event.
They are also expected to train with their local counterparts and get acquainted with them as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympic Games scheduled for July 27 to August 12, 2012.
The athletes were met on arrival by the Secretary General of the GAA, Mr. Bawa Fuseini at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday and were later bused to their lodging place, Legon International Hostel.
According to Mr. Bawa, the athletes will not only compete in the national championship but also participate in the upcoming Africa Championship to be held in Benin from June 26 to July 1, 2012.
He added that they will also take part in the second edition of the Grand Prix which will be held on July 7, 2012 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.
Mr. Bawa explained that the national championships will serve as a qualification stage for the athletes to be selected for the Africa Championship saying qualification will based solely on time.
In an interview after their arrival, the athletes expressed delight in coming to Ghana since it’s the first time some of them were coming home.
Female athletes that came were; Amenebede Rosina (100mh), Simon Linda (long jump), Vida Anim (100m/200m), Yvoone Amegashie (400m/400mh), Matilda Boateng Addai (long jump), Flinge Owusu Agyapong (100m), and Deborah Nancy Amoah (100m/long jump).
The men also were; Lumax Selasi (800m/400mh), Keith Nkrumah (400mh/110mh), Laryea Akrong Allah (100m/200m), Ashad Agyapong (100m/200m) and Abeyie Timothy (100m/200m).
However, two athletes namely; Efua Ampadu and Fiona Asigbe who will compete in the heptathlon event will be expected in the country on June 22, 2012.
The athletes are expected to leave the shores of the country to their respective destinations on July 24, 2012.