Olympian Benjamin Azamati has explained how he combines academic activities and his training program as an athlete.
Some parents and guardians are often of the view that when their wards are participating in sporting activities it takes away a lot of their study time, hence poor grades, advising them against participating in sports.
But 23-year-old Azamati, who is Ghana’s national record holder in the 100m sprint, believes proper planning of the two activities is the key to excelling in both.
“When I was in Ghana it was easy blending athletics and academic work because of my coach,” he said while speaking to students in a social media session.
“It is just about having to sit and have a chat with your coach.
“Looking at your timetable he gets to put training sessions in there for you so when you don’t have class you have to come for practice and all that but with here, there is a structure to go about.”
Azamati started his tertiary education at the University of Ghana before getting scholarship to continue his studies at the West Texas A&M University in the United States of America.
He urged parents to allow their children take up both academics and their choice of sport while in school.
“I am going to use myself as an example. It is not going to be detrimental to their academic aspirations.
“Academics brought me here not just the sport.
“I am okay with academics but before I came here my grades were put into consideration. It means that if I wasn’t that good in academics I wouldn’t get that opportunity to come here.
“Sports would not make your kid dumb. However, you can do the two simultaneously depending on how determined you are.”
Benjamin Azamati represented Ghana in 100m and 4x100m at the just ended 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.