Account for Olympic Solidarity funds …GOC Pres tells sports federations

Ghana Olympic Commit­tee (GOC) President, Ben Nunoo Mensah, has called on National Federations to provide spending receipts so that Olympic Soli­darity funding can be distributed for the coming year ahead of the re-arranged African Games in Accra.

The GOC has secured schol­arships for 10 national team athletes in addition to a $100,000 continental athlete support grant from the Olympic Solidarity programme.

The funding is spread annu­ally until 2024 before the next quadrennial period begins, but Nunoo Mensah issued the plea to last year’s recipients at the organisation’s Congress in Accra over the weekend.

The 2023 beneficiaries are Ghana’s national federations for fencing, basketball, base­ball, softball, and triathlon.

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The Ghana Fencing Associa­tion has received the most, with an in­vestment of $10,000.

A $25,000 annual financial boost has also been approved under the Youth Athlete Devel­opment grant.

Athletics, cycling, netball, box­ing and badminton federations are also set to receive funding for 2023, however, they are yet to receive any of it yet.

This is because some of the 2022 recipients – table tennis, karate, and tennis – have not provided receipts and financial reports which are required by Olym­pic Solidarity.

“I hope these federations will now respond to our several reminders and do the needful to enable us to receive our 2023 funding as well as the 25 per cent balance due on the 2022 fund­ing,” said Nunoo Mensah.

Nunoo Mensah also gave an update on the Olympafrica Project funding that provided $100,000 to the GOC and Ghana Commonwealth Games Associ­ation.

A football field with an athlet­ics track around it has been com­pleted, while a tennis court and multi-purpose hall have reached 40 per cent completion. —

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