2014 we went to African championship but no funds. We WON medals in relays and many other events and got nothing – Ghanaian Olympian reveals
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Ghanaians are very disappointed in the way the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority treat the various sporting disciplines in the country.
It seems the only sport that is being respected in the country is football. The ministry spends huge sums of millions on the Black Stars and no result is being delivered.
The last time the senior national team ‘Black Stars’ won a trophy was in 1982 of which most of the populace were not born. Yes, it’s now exactly 40 years and still counting.
Ghana Black Stars qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and a lot of money were being spent on the team from camping, appearance fee, per-diems and winning bonus amongst others. The supporters the Ghana Government sent to support the team over food, transportation, accommodation and match ticket fees were all paid by the government.
In 2014 every Ghanaian citizenry will remember the outrageous budget the government spent on the Black Stars.
One of the Ghanaian Olympians who was part of the Ghana National Athletics Team has revealed that the government didn’t support them prior to the 2014 African championship. The Athletics Team managed to send some contingents there and they won bronze in 4 × 100 metres relays in both categories.
The 2014 AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP was held in Marrakech, Morocco. A total number of 548 athletes from 47 African Nations participated in different event. The 19th African Championships event took place from 10th – 14th August, 2014 and it was the second time Morocco has hosted the event.
“2014 we went to African championship no funds or support from the nation. We WON Silver in relays and many other events and got nothing” he said.
The quartet that won the silver in the male category were Daniel Gyasi, Solomon Afful, Emmanuel Dasor and Timothy Abeyie.
The quartet that also won bronze in the female category were Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman and Janet Amponsah.
Nadia Eke also won silver in the Female Triple Jump.
Zuta Mary also won silver in the Female Javelin Throw.
Atsu Nyamadi won bronze in the Male Decathlon.
Elizabeth Dadzie also won silver in the Female Heptathlon.
Ghana was 15th position on the medal table with 4 Silver and 2 Bronze.
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