Ghanaian C’wealth Games medal winner still chasing $3,000 promise

Wahid Omar

Wahid Omar

HARD-hitting lightweight boxer, Abdul Wahid Omar, must have been delighted with the moderate feats he is chalking up in the pugilistic sport.


Ironically, however, the 25-year-old shrewd boxer is not a happy man as far as national recognition for his efforts in the sport is concerned.


Omar soared to prominence in 2014 when he bravely shook off the odds to pick bronze for Ghana at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland.


Ghanaians roared in appreciation of his entire performance in the Games, believing that it was even imposing enough to clinch gold.


What was expected to accompany that impressive feat was a $3,000 reward promised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports – ahead of the Games.


However, four years have passed since plucking the medal for Ghana – but it is now becoming increasingly obvious that Omar might not enjoy the fruits of his labour.


“I have been chasing what I was promised since winning the medal, all to no avail.


“I have also made stringent efforts since the change of government to get my money, but it has yielded nothing and it makes me feel really bad,” he lamented.


According to the boxer, who now feels disconcerted, in spite of the failure of the sector ministry to pay him, he continues to fly high the flag of Ghana.


“For instance, I was the only Ghanaian boxer who qualified for the Rio Olympics Games in 2016 and I put my best foot forward even though my efforts weren’t crowned with any medal,” Omar recalled.


The lightweight pugilist appealed to the present government to endeavour to redeem the pledge “even though it wasn’t during their regime.”


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