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Sports News of Monday, 23 August 2021


Akufo-Addo never asked for US$2,000 of our US$5,000 to be used for devt fund - Dr. Aggrey

The Olympic team met President Akufo-Addo last Friday The Olympic team met President Akufo-Addo last Friday

The Chef de Mission for Team Ghana at the Tokyo Olympics Games, Dr Mike Aggrey has clarified that it was only Samuel Takyi, the bronze medalist who was rewarded a US$20,000 sports development package aside from the US$10,000 cash reward.

He was reacting to reports that US$2,000 out of the US$5,000 given each member of the Olympic team was to be used for the sports development fund.

The Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif had also posted on his Facebook saying that: “His Excellency announced a reward package of US$5000 to each member of the team, of which US$3,000 will be given to them, and US$2,000 invested towards their career.

"For Takyi the Bronze medalist, he will receive US$10,000 cash, a US$20,000 investment fund toward the development of his career and a car.”

But in an interview on Total Sports Review, Dr. Aggrey noted that those who are to receive the US$5,000 were not given a career development fund.

He insisted that it was only Samuel Takyi who was given the development fund of US$20,000.

He said under no circumstances did the president promise to give the other team members sports development fund allocation nor asked for part of their US$5,000 to be used for a sports development fund.

“The career development fund was for only Samuel Takyi who won bronze for Ghana. The others including the technical staff and team members are to receive US$5,000 each,” he added.

He further indicated that at no point did the other team members agree to any arrangement to have US$2,000 of their cash invested into a fund.

He was speaking to host Isaac Worlanyo Wallace.