Athletes to receive outstanding bonuses ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games

Source: Ghana|Joy Sports

The Sports Ministry has promised to pay bonuses and allowances owed athletes from as far back as the 2014 Commonwealth games which was staged in Glasgow before this year’s event. 

With barely a month to the Gold Coast games, Ghana’s contingent have stepped up preparations but some athletes continue to cry foul over outstanding bonuses owed them by the state. 

From the 109 athletes, Ghana presented at the Games held between July 23 to August 3, 2014, only Razak Abugri and Abdul Wahid Omar mounted the medal podium with bronze medals in their respective disciplines.

Abugri won bronze in Judo with Omar securing Ghana’s second with another bronze in amateur boxing. 

But four years on, the two have not received what is due them for making the nation proud despite frantic efforts. 

However, Deputy Sports Minister Pius Enam Hadzidze says all debt will be settled and has urged athletes to stay focused. 

”It has come to our[Sports Ministry] attention that there are some outstanding matters, be rest assured that the Ministry is looking into this matters critically and we will make sure that we resolve it. 

So all athletes please free your mind, if there are any fallouts from the previous commonwealth or international engagements. Just have confidence in the new administration and don’t let those past experiences distract you.”

The 2018 Commonwealth games will start on April 4 and end on April 15. 




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