A DELEGATION from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by the Ho Central parliamentary aspirant, Mr Ernest Gaewu, on Sunday visited ailing and neglected boxing hero Prince Amartey at his home in the slums of Ho-Hliha and presented an undisclosed amount of money to him.
The septuagenarian, who won the bronze for Ghana in the middleweight division at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, has been suffering from mental health problems since he left the ring.
The former corporal of the Ghana Army who ekes out a living by working as a sweeper at the private health facility in Ho is virtually dying on his feet as he loses weight rapidly.
Several appeals by Amartey to the state for help over the years, has fallen on deaf ears.
“I was always there for my country, but my country is not there for me now”, Amartey says all the time.
Presenting the amount, to the pugilist, Mr. Gaewu said that Amartey is on record as the idol that always put his life on the line to raise high the flag of his country.
“It is, therefore, sad to see him in this state with no compassion whatsoever from his country”, he added.
Mr. Gaewu said that sports development would be high on his development agenda when given the nod, “and we will definitely need to tap the rich experience of people like Prince Amartey for that cause”.
Amartey, who still cherishes a dream to study music at the university, thanked Mr. Gaewu for the “unexpected gesture” and renewed his appeal to the state for help”.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho-Hliha