2014 C’wealth Medalists Cry Over Unpaid Allowances

Wahid2GLASGOW 2014 Commonwealth Games medalists are crying over unpaid bonuses four months after competing and winning medals at the games.

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.

With only two of them winning medals, the duo had hoped that the US$ 3000 package promised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for each bronze medalist would have been paid right after their arrival from Glasgow.

But four months after, they are being forced to believe that Ghana is not a country worth dying for if efforts like this would go unrecognized and unappreciated.

Expressing his frustration in a chat with the Times Sports over the weekend, the promising Black Bomber said they left the shores of Ghana with high hopes following the financial reward announced tor them.

In the company of Coach Lartekwei Lartey, an assistant coach of the team, Wahid said, ‘ our target was to get to the top; win gold medals to get the US$ 10,000 financial reward made to us but unfortunately we could not go that far.’

“But if we are not able to win the fat reward and the tiny ones we struggled to win too are not paid, then it is very unfortunate. We have made frantic efforts to know what is delaying the payment but they keep telling us stories. Some of us are getting fed up.”

According to the Wisdom boxing gym boxer, it becomes heart-breaking to hear other athletes receive their bonuses after getting out of the pitch while others wait for longer periods to receive peanuts.

He said development like this shatters their dream and ‘kills’ moral in the boxing fraternity as it sends clear signal to other boxers that their effort would also go unrewarded.

When contacted, Mr. Joe Kpenge, Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) confirmed to the Times Sports that payment of prize monies to the athletes are still outstanding, explaining that, budget to cater for payments related to the Glasgow games and other event have not been released by the Ministry of Finance.

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