The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Athletics Association, Bawa Fuseini has said the association requested 30,000 dollars for the Olympic Games preparation but they were given only 15,000 dollars.
He said the lack of adequate funding can be cited as a reason for the underwhelming performance from them Ghanaian athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The country has so far only managed to get a bronze medal — thanks to boxer Samuel Takyi who was able to reach the semi-finals of his competition.
“We needed to have sent them to Europe to compete with all those going to compete [at the Olympics but there was] lack of funding,” said Mr. Fuseini on Citi FM’s Breakfast Show.
“We had funding from the Ministry of Youth and Sports; they gave us $10,000, and we got $5,000 from the GOC, making $15,000. We needed at least $30,000 to be able to get them to two or three high-profile competitions before they proceeded to the Games.”
National 100m record holder Benjamin Azamati ,who was widely expected to at least reach the 100m finals, was eliminated from the game as he placed fourth in his first heat.
While Joseph Paul, who was able to qualify for the semi-finals after placing third in heat 7, could not make it to the finals as he finished fourth in the semi-final race today.