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Ghana Paralympics Team to Boycott 2015 All Africa Games

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Ghana Paralympics committee could boycott the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville, scheduled for September as a results of funding. Last week Thursday in Accra  the G.P.C  led  by the other 35 sporting associations held a press conference to announce their decision.
The associations and G.P.C have called on government to release funds for their preparations ahead of the All Africa Games.
With barely five months to the start of the event no funding has come from government and they see it as a worrying situation, the federations presidents and the GPC has set a deadline of May 15, for the released of funds to guarantee Ghana’s participation at the Games.
According to the Secretary of the Federation Presidents, Richard Akpokavi, several youth with talents have shattered dreams because they do not play football.
‘‘Our athletes are Ghanaians who compete for our country, die for the flag and sometimes shed blood for us all. Whenever these athletes go out to compete they represent all the 25 million Ghanaians and that is why the national anthem is played and the flag of Ghana is hoisted.
“These athletes are our sporting ambassadors and we need to provide deserving support for them as national athletes. These sporting disciplines have won laurels for the country internationally as compared to football over the past 58 years’’.
He added that, for the past three years apart from the Ghana Football Association (GFA), no national sports federations have received any funds from government, with rather Federations asked to raise money from corporate organizations.
“We have to travel to represent Ghana at the World Cup and had to borrow money from financial institutions to pay athletes and coaches airfares. Athletes have won medals wearing the nation’s jersey, even at the Commonwealth Games, and have yet to be paid their promised bonuses.

“The Federation presidents have had to pay themselves to purchase the jerseys, and pay duties when the jerseys arrive in Ghana’’.
Akpokavi reiterated that, over the last couple of years the federations received approval from the Presidency for national teams travel but the money was never released, forcing their hands to borrow money to execute the programs.
He asked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, to pay outstanding debts and bonuses owed federations and athletes and also provide money for the preparation towards the All African Games in 2015.

Akpokavi reiterated that, over the last couple of years the federations received approval from the Presidency for national teams travel but the money was never released, forcing their hands to borrow money to execute the programs.
He asked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, to pay outstanding debts and bonuses owed federations and athletes and also provide money for the preparation towards the All African Games in 2015.In Ghana government has over concentrated football with the other sports disciplines given less attention when it comes to funding for their activities in the annual calender year.

Since 1999, the Games have also included athletes with a disability in the continental multi-sport event.

All 53 members affiliated to the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) are eligible to take part in the Games. In history, the 53 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have sent competitors to the Games.

Philip Ottuo
About Philip Ottuo (17 Articles)
Name Philip Coffie Otuo Job Tittle Journalist As a sports Journalist i have interest in disability sports. I have attended two amputee world cups in Argentina 2010 and Russia 2012 .l have attended two Amputee Africa cup of Nations.I am attached to some disability NGO'S in Ghana as a volunteer. I am also attached to some of the national disability teams as media officer. I am a member of the Ghana Sports Writers Association and an AIPS member.

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