30.06.2004 Cycling

Father of Cycling is dead

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Accra, June 30, GNA - Mr Mike Adjavon, a retired military man who pioneered cycling, as a sport in Ghana is dead. He died at his Laterbiokoshie residence in Accra on Sunday after a short illness. He was 84.

Paa Adjavon as he was popularly called had been using the clutches for a very long after developing a hip injury.

Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports led a high profile delegation in January, under the auspices of the Ghana Cycling Association to honour Adjavon, father of Ghana Cycling for popularising the sport in the country.

Paa Adjavon pioneered cycling as a sport in Ghana beginning from June 3, 1953 on his return from Manchester, UK, on a military course, as he used part of his per diem to purchase his first bike.

He toured the whole country starting from Koforidua in order to popularise and whip up interest in the sport.

The late octogenarian cyclist quit the sport in 1979 after picking a hip injury allegedly from his long period of riding and his son Stanley took over in the early 1990's but died shortly after that. 30 June 2004

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