Sandy Osei-Agyeman, Chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association, has been elected onto the Executive Council of the Confederation of African Athletics.
The election, conducted in Dakar, Senegal, last weekend, came as a key part of the CAA's annual Congress in the Senegalese capital. The mandate of the 13-member Council will last for four years.
“I am grateful to the membership, I will work for the good of Ghana athletics and assist in raising the standards of the sport on the continent,” Mr Osei-Agyeman told the Daily Graphic on his return home.
“Our goal is to make athletics a global sport, and this is what we will be working at,” he said.
The GAA boss was initially slated as a contestant for the vice presidency of the CAA but a unanimous decision to elect officers by concensus rather than through competitive elections changed matters and contestants traded positions, reports said.
Mr Osei-Agyeman thus becomes the first Ghanaian in more than 10 years to enter main stream politics of African athletics since Sam Nelson relinquished his place on the Council.
The other Ghanaian in a high profile position in African athletics is Dr Sylvanus Lamptey of the Ghana Universities Sports Association who was elected Vice-President of the sports umbrella body of African universities.
Mr Osei-Agyeman was appointed to head Ghana athletics two years ago and his administration has attracted goodwill as a result of his enthusiasm and drive.
The meeting in Dakar, according to Mr Osei-Agyeman, discussed the state of athletics competitions in Africa during which all 50 participating countries out of the 53 member states promised to attend the August 9-12 African Junior Athletics Championship.